Sunday, March 17, 2013

Why Jesus Came to Die - Day 12

I am in sections 23 and 24 today, of "Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die" by John Piper.

23 - So That We Might Belong to Him

"You also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead." Romans 7:4

"You are not your own, for you were bought with a price." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"Care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood." Acts 20:28

"The ultimate question is not who you are but whose you are. Of course, many people think they are nobody's slave. They dream of total independence. Like a jellyfish carried by the tides feels free because it isn't fastened down with the bondage of barnacles.
But Jesus had a word for people who thought that way. He said, 'You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.' But they responded, 'We...have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'? So Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.' (John 8:32-34)."

24 - To Give Us Confident Access to the Holiest Place

"We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus." Hebrews 10:19

"The implication of this for us is that the way is now opened for us to go with Christ into all the holiest places of God's presence. Formerly only the Jewish priests could go into the 'copy' and 'shadow' of these places. Only the high priests could go once a year into the most holy place where the glory of God appeared (Hebrews 9:7). There was a forbidding curtain protecting the place of glory. The Bible tells us that when Christ breathed his last on the cross, 'the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split' (Matthew 27:51).


2 comments:

  1. Our pastor just preached on point number 2. It is amazing to think about......we can go directly to the Father through Jesus!! we don't need anyone here on earth to intercede on our behalf. PRAISE THE LORD!! I am enjoying reading all of your posts Karen, even though I haven't commented on all of them...they are very good!! It's like a mini devotional time for me :) thank you!!

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  2. Thanks, Faith! I'm glad that you are enjoying it. It has been good for me to think about these things as I am typing away. :D The Lord is so good to us!

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For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17 This is great news!

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