1. For whom did Jesus die?
Why did Jesus have to die?

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In this first video, when you think about why Jesus had to die, you think of the sinner … or is there someone else? Join Josh as he answers this most intriguing question.


You know often it comes to about the person of Jesus Christ and God His Father. When we think about Him, so often our thoughts are not Biblical. We don’t think in a way that God revealed truth about His Son. And I have learned one thing: if we don’t have right thinking, we normally don’t have right behavior. So in several segments I want to deal with this: Why did Jesus have to die?

Why did Jesus have to die?

Now If I were sitting around the living room with you and some other people, like I do often with this question, or in a big audience I’ll say, “You tell me; why did Jesus have to die?”  In every single audience in every single country I do it, the response is almost always, not almost, it’s always like this.

“Well he died for me.”

“Yes, but who else?”

“Well for everyone.”

“Yes, He died for everyone, but for who else?”

“He died for the sinner.”

“Yes, He died for the sinner, but who else?”

“Well, uh, He died for the elect.”

“Yes, he died for the elect.”

“Well, He died for everyone in the world!”

“Yes, He died for everyone in the world, but for who else?”

And then normally after about two or three minutes someone will yell out, “The Father!” and I will say “You’re right.” You see most people think that Jesus died for us. As much as He died for us, He died for God the Father. And unless you realize that, your concept of who God is, what He did through His Son on the cross and everything will truly be distorted.

You might say, “God had a problem.” Yes. Here God created us to have a relationship with us. He said, “You should worship no other god but the Lord, for I am a God who is passionate about my relationship with you.” But here is the problem: God will approach with His love to save us. But God is not only a God of love; He is a Holy, Just, Righteous God and His very nature had to destroy us.

You might say man had a problem. God created within us a desire to know Him; to be complete in Him. So we approach God for salvation, but His very nature, because God is Just, God is Righteous, God is Holy, had to destroy us.  So God had a problem, and man had a problem. And the answer is so critical.

How did God resolve that problem?



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1. What are reasons people give as to why Jesus had to die?
2. What is the more precise answer to this question?
3. What was the problem God had?
4. What was the problem man had?
5. What desire did God create in us?
6. What is God’s nature?


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