Was Christ’s Death on the Cross Necessary? Radio Broadcast
Pastor Eric: How did Christ actually purchase our salvation?
- Last week we discussed justification: God legally declares someone to be righteous before Him, not on the basis of His own works, but on the basis of the righteousness of another, the perfect righteousness of Christ.
- This week we look at redemption and propitiation: This means that Christ’s death satisfied God’s wrath that we justly deserved, and it paid a price that freed us from sins bondage. Propitiation means that Christ was a sacrifice that bore God’s wrath so that God’s wrath could be replaced with His favor. Romans 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.
Brother Victor: Was the cross really necessary? Yes
Galatians 3:10-13 As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them…Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
- Because we are all born sinners, we are all born under a curse.
- Because we all break God’s laws, we are under a curse.
- The only way the curse can be satisfied, is that someone dies the death of hanging on a tree, and that is what Christ did for us. He became a curse for us.
Mr. Binney: What actually happened on the cross?
- There was a great exchange.
2 Corinthians 5:21 He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Corinthians 15:3 Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
- Our sin was placed on Christ, and He was punished in our place.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…for the transgression of my people was he stricken. It pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities…he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
- His blood was an atonement for our sins.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Hebrews 9:11-14 Christ by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, which was once offered to bear the sins of many.
- God’s wrath was poured out on Christ.
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Pastor Joel: Is God really angry with our sin? Yes
Romans 5:8-11 God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
- His cross work, saves us from His wrath.
Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
- God’s wrath is against all men who in their ungodliness suppress the truth.
Psalm 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
- He is angry with the wicked every day.
Psalm 2:10-12 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
- He warns us to worship and submit to Him, or we will face His righteous anger.
Pastor Eric: Is this anger pure and sinless? Yes
Jeremiah 10:10-15 The LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation…The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. Idols are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
- The Bible presents God as good, just, holy, righteous and unable to sin: these perfections of God force Him to hate sin, idolatry, and rebellion. His wrath is the result of His righteous love of the truth alone.
Mr. Binney: How would you challenge our listeners?
- Have you been converted?
- Have you repented toward God and placed your faith alone in Christ and His finished work on the cross?
- If not, you are under His wrath.
- There is no guarantee that you will live another day.
- If you die today, are you sure that you would go to be with the Lord, or would you go to face His eternal wrath after the judgment day?
- If you are converted, take the time to reflect on the blessing of the gospel. Be thankful that Christ received the Father’s wrath so you could be redeemed.