March 08, 2020 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1947
#1 in series
Jesus, Our Savior
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Isaiah 53:4-6; Acts 2:22-24
The story of God's invasion of planet Earth is phenomenal. God became man and dwelt among us. He came, not to be a good teacher or a powerful example or a prophet, but to be Lord and Savior. He didn't come to improve us; He came to save us. His short time here was for one purpose: to carry out God's plan of salvation. The Creator and Sustainer put on flesh to provide the once-for-all sacrifice for our sin. There is no hope without Jesus. There is no forgiveness apart from Jesus. There is no home in heaven if Jesus is not there. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Sometimes, especially the longer we are saved, we forget the simplicity of the gospel. We forget what it was like to be lost. We need to remember: there's only one Savior, His name is Jesus, and He came to set us free.
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I. NO DEATH, NO LIFE
“Jesus told people that their sins were forgiven. This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
II. NO CROSS, NO HOPE
“Crucifixion was reserved for the dregs of society, outcasts, slaves and common criminals. The fact that one was crucified defined him or her as a miserable, wretched being that didn't deserve to exist...it was intended to display and humiliate its victim.” – Stephen Seamands
A) He Died as Our Substitute
B) The Cross Calls Us to a Lost World
III. NO DECISION IS A DECISION
“By the cross...the truth about us is smoked out; we are unmasked. . . . Convicting truth as blasphemous, mocking the king as an imposter, delivering up to death and the Devil the Son of the living God, we are exposed as idolaters and fools, as hypocritical enemies of peace, as violent allies of the dark.” – Alan Lewis