Question: Why was it necessary for Christ, the redeemer, to die?
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.
Scripture: Colossians 1:21-22
In Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die, John Piper provides several additional answers to this week’s catechism question. Below are ten of those answers.
- To Absorb the Wrath of God (Galatians 3:13, Romans 3:25, 1 John 4:10)
- To Become a Ransom for Many (Mark 10:45)
- For the Forgiveness of Our Sins (Ephesians 1:7, Matthew 26:28)
- To Unleash the Power of the God in the Gospel (1 Corinthians 1:18, Romans 1:16)
- To Make Us Holy, Blameless, and Perfect (Hebrews 10:14, Colossians 1:22, 1 Corinthians 5:7)
- To Heal Us from Moral and Physical Sickness (Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 8:16-17)
- To Give Eternal Life to All Who Believe on Him (John 3:16)
- To Free Us from the Slavery of Sin (Revelation 1:5-6, Hebrews 12:12)
- To Reconcile Us to God (Romans 5:10)
- To Bring Us to Faith and Keep Us Faithful (Mark 14:24, Jeremiah 32:40)
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