April 17, 2019
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Why did Jesus Have to Die?
2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2
The world can be fierce and painful to maneuver through with all of its challenges, struggles, disappointments, changes, and mysteries. The most significant battle, however, is not always the most obvious. The contention, in the minds of many, is against the visible enemy, such as the government, taxes, employers, spouses, neighbors, and a host of other matters of conflict. However, the real enemy is not always visible. The real enemy is sin, which means, we stand condemned, hopelessly lost, enslaved to sin, and enemies against God. This reality excludes all of us from a right and perfect position before Almighty God.
Paul introduced the good news surrounding the full impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He identified the solution to our sin problem by contending that it is not what we achieve but what we receive. The exchange of hostility against God to the peace with God can only be from Him by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Did Jesus have to die to accomplish that exchange? Is restoration available apart from Christ?