Why did Jesus Suffer and Die?
The most important questions anyone can ask are:
- Why was Jesus Christ crucified?
- Why did he suffer so much?
- What does his suffering and death have to do with me?
- Who sent him to death?
The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.
Why did Jesus suffer and die? The central issue of Jesus’ death is not the cause, but the meaning–God’s meaning. That’s what this sermon series will begin to answer. Begin because the purposes behind our Lord’s Passion is far grander than can be captured in seven messages. But it will be a good beginning to the answer to the ultimate question, what did God achieve for sinners like us in sending Son to die?
This sermon series is inspired by John Piper’s book, The Passion of Jesus Christ (2004, Crossway books). Using the New Testament, Piper identifies fifty purposes for Jesus’ suffering and death; fifty important things Jesus’ death accomplished for himself and for humanity.
Pastor Drew will focus on these seven purposes. Jesus died….
- To bring us to faith and keep us faithful (March 6)
- To rescue us from final judgment (March 13)
- To obtain for us all the things that are good for us (March 20)
- To reconcile us to God (March 27)
- To make his cross the ground of all our “boasting” (April 3)
- So that he (Jesus) would be crowned with glory and honor (April 10 – Palm/Passion Sunday)
- To achieve his own resurrection from the dead and to secure our resurrection from the dead (April 17 – Easter)