Three Questions that Beg to be Answered

The theme of Scripture is “good news” to all who know and accept it. But why did God carry out His plan to redeem us – from sin – in the way that He did? What are His reasons? We all need to know the answers to these three questions.

I. WHY REQUIRE DEATH?

A. Suitable penalty for sin (1 John 3:4; Gen 2:17; 3:7-8, 19, 23-24 – Isa 59:1-2; Rom 6:23)
B. Atonement for sins (Lev 17:11-12; Heb 9:22)

1. Only One would do (Heb 10:4-10; Psa 40:6-8; Heb 2:9)

II. WHY REQUIRE HIS SON?

A. Perfect man for a perfect man (1 Pet 2:22; Isa 53:9)
B. Unblemished sacrifice restores unblemished state (1 Pet 1:18-19)

III. WHY REQUIRE A CROSS?

A. Physical torture
B. Mental anguish: betrayal, denial, forsaken, mocked, blasphemed, rejected, stigma

1. Proof of divine love (Rom 5:8; John 15:13)
2. Curse of sin (Deut 21:22-23; Gal 3:13; Rom 3:23)
3. Suffering for the right (1 Pet 2:18-25)
4. Power over Satan (Heb 2:14-16; Acts 2:22-24; Rom 4:25)
5. Power to draw us to God (John 12:32)

Have you received the benefits of Jesus’ death (John 1:10-13; Eph 2:4-8; Col 1:5)?
Are you yet, a son or daughter of God (Gal 3:26-27)?

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