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Why Jesus?

Intro: Why?

  1. Jesus, His name, is Savior – Mt 1:21

  2. He is everlasting Deity (“I AM.”) – Jn 8:24

  3. All men need a Savior – Rom 3:23

  4. Salvation is in Jesus – Rom 6:23

I. Why not Mohammed or Buddha, or another?

“Thou art my Son.” - Heb 5:1-6

II. Christ went to the cross – bore the penalty

Animal Sacrifices could not take away sin - Heb. 10:1-10

> Note: “Propitiation” means “complete satisfaction” - Rom. 3:21-25

  1. Cross fulfills both the wrath and the grace of God

  2. Gospel revealed salvation – Rom 1:16-17

  3. Hinges on:

A. The character of God: 2 Tim. 2:13; 1 Tim 2:3-6

B. The nature of sin: Gen. 3:1f

III. A sinner cannot come into the presence of God and live anymore than the naked

eye can focus on the noon-day sun: Heb. 12:29

IV. The just / righteous character of God satisfied -- able to deal with man in love

without destroying him through Jesus: Tit. 2:11-14

A. The Grace of God has appeared.

B. The Grace of God instructs us:

1. To live soberly (clear-headed)

2. righteously (exercising right behavior0

3. godly (with a God-ward thinking heart)

V. No matter how much God loves us, the penalty for sin is death.

A. Isa. 59:1-2; Ezek. 18:20

B. The gavel was struck – He came down from His throne as God/man and died for us. 2 Cor. 8:9

Conclusion: Someone must pay the price: Jn. 19:30

A. Ex: Child breaks a lamp – with love comes forgiveness -- Who pays? Parent! -- You/me!

B. Ex: Insult – love/forgive – who bears the burden? You do/I do!

C. Sin: God’s love – Christ’s death – forgiveness: Who pays the price?

D. God did: Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:6f; Jn. 14:6

1. Jesus left heaven and went to the cross.

2. Jesus gave His life; He paid the price - John 1:29

Will you allow Him to accept the punishment for you? Will you let Him bear your burden? He is the only one that can take your place. But we much each choose to accept that sacrifice for us...will you choose Jesus?

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