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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Episode 259 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer questions on why Jesus' death saves people, what Jesus did between his death and resurrection, and what people should know about worship.

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Episode 259 Show Notes

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

From the Show

Why did Jesus have to die?



The perfect and last Adam who has fulfilled all righteousness, he hands that status over to us as his co-heirs and takes our filthy rags, sin and death, and puts them on himself. So, when he's hanging on the cross, he becomes the greatest sinner who ever lived. All of our sins are nailed to his cross, he's covered in them, he's wearing our death stroud, and wearing that becomes the object of hell: God's judgment. And through that suffering, he merits for us eternal life; he's raised on the third day as the beginning of the resurrection of the dead. So, as the Gospel goes forward now, people believe people are united to Christ from every nation and tongue and tribe, and then one day he'll press the play button again and the resurrection will be completed. Jesus is the beginning of it, and he pressed pause so that there would be an interim period for people to be united to him. He's going to resume the resurrection, as it were, so that the rest of his body is raised with him. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. How does Jesus dying save people? I’m struggling to understand why Jesus needed to die on the cross for our sins.

2. What did Jesus do for three days immediately after the cross?

3. In Ephesians 2:10 it says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I have a hard time discerning God’s will. How do you know what good works God would want us to commit to?

4. Is the first encounter of Gentiles being saved the episode with Cornelius or Phillip, where the Ethiopian was reading Isaiah?

5. What do you wish more people understood about worship?

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