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Why did Jesus Christ die?

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.”  Galatians 2:21.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 28-29, and Galatians 1-2.

If we opt to “do good” our way to acceptability with God, then we have forgotten why Jesus died.

Jesus died for everyone’s sins.  Yours, mine, and people we don’t even know.

It is the Gospel, the Good News.  Someone (Jesus) took care of our sin problem.

It has happened, so there is no reason to try and deal with our sin problem any other way.

When God raised Jesus from the dead there was new life for us all.  That’s news.  It’s happened.  We must live accordingly.

Living accordingly requires that we don’t attempt to put together other ways to make ourselves look better before God.  I’ll go to church.  I’ll read my Bible.  I’ll stop drinking.  Those things are NOT going to change our status with God regarding sin.  Why?  When Jesus died, He took care of the need to do things to be right with God.

So many choose to live like the Japanese soldier who fought on in the Philippines for twenty-nine years after World War 2 ended.  He refused to believe that the war was over.  He chose to live according to his belief that it hadn’t.  Everyone else believed that the war had ended and acted according to that belief.

Our sin problem HAS been taken care of.  We have a life unburdened by sin.  We must live accordingly.

“Lord, thank You for loving me so much.  Thank You for lifting the burden of sin from my life and giving me a new life.  How simple it is.  Help me to live accordingly.”

God has taken care of our sin problem. We must live accordingly.

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We can’t work it out!

“I do not set aside the grace of God for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Deuteronomy 16-18 & Psalm 38 & Galatians 2)

This is a juncture: Those who think one way on one side and those who don’t on the other.

With Easter coming, it is certainly important to decide if there was a reason Jesus died. If it wasn’t for something then it was tragic. Someone in the prime of life cut down.

The conflict that surrounds the chosen verse relates to how a person qualifies for an after-life with God. Can I earn the right or has it been made my right?

Many folks are intent on being good, keeping the rules. Why? God will notice and they will end up on life’s balancing scale as more good than bad. God will reward their goodness with an eternal after-life with Him.

The chosen verse completely disputes the thinking in the previous paragraph. The eternal after-life is not earned, it is a gift. It’s an “already done” thing.

When Jesus died He died for the sins of the world; past, present, and future. If I want an eternal after-life, I must recognize that I am a sinner and believe that Jesus died once and for all for my sins. The heavy lifting is not done by me but by Him.

Why do you think Jesus died? Nowhere in the Bible does being good get you to heaven. Jesus in fact mocks people who consider themselves good. Why? Because He knows that they aren’t good enough. They’re sinners like everyone else. They need another way to get to an eternal after-life and He (Jesus) will provide the way by dying for their sins. He’ll take on Himself the penalty their sins earned.

Recognizing your sinfulness and accepting the purpose of Jesus’ death (Dying for your sins) will make Jesus your Savior. He will have saved you from the consequences your sins deserve, an eternal after-life separated from God. This is a right-or-wrong situation. There are no special cases or do-overs. You must get this one right. Do it!

“Lord, open hearts/minds I beg. Reveal the folly of trusting good deeds to elevate them to a final place with You. That route will lead to eternal separation from You. I love You, Lord. I thank You for dying for sinful me. I needed You to die for my sins and I thank You that God sent You to earth to die for my sins. I believe in You. Hallelujah!”

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Did Christ die for nothing? (Galatians 2:21)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 28-29 & Galatians 1-2)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  Galatians 2:21

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

This verse spells out the truth that separates believers from  nonbelievers….the saved from the lost.

There is nothing I can do that will impress God so much that He will decide that He wants to spend eternity with me.

I am a sinner.  The stain is there.  I cannot override it with some sensational acts of goodness or a lifetime of goodness, for that matter.  My post-death destiny is set because God is perfect and wants no part of sin-stained me.

BUT, God loved me, and everyone else, so much that He provided a way for me to escape the consequences of my sinfulness.  He graciously sent His Son Jesus to earth to die for my sins.

I must be willing to own up to the fact that I am a sinner and deserving of eternal separation from Him.

I must be willing to believe that Jesus died for me specifically.

I must commit to letting Him run my life.

Nowhere in all this is there mention of my having to earn what God has done for me.  My only initiative is in receiving or rejecting what He has done for me.  With that choice, I determine my eternal destiny.

I am so thankful to know and believe that Jesus died for my sins.  My acceptance of His gift means that eternity with Him has already started.  Hallelujah!

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