Why Jesus Came to Die

Bob Bevington
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Why Jesus Came to Die | April 19th, 2014

Why Jesus Came to Die

Psalm22In Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, John Piper lists, To Absorb the Wrath of God as reason number one. I think this is the clearest 500-word, 2-minute description of the love of God and sin of man I have ever read. You can download the entire book for free at this LINK. Each reason is two pages and a great way to start your day with the peace and joy that flows from the cross of Christ:

If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die. But God is both just and loving. Therefore his love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.

God’s law demanded, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). But we have all loved other things more. This is what sin is—dishonoring God by preferring other things over him, and acting on those preferences. Therefore, the Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We glorify what we enjoy most. And it isn’t God.

Therefore sin is not small, because it is not against a small Sovereign. The seriousness of an insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted. The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect and admiration and loyalty. Therefore, failure to love him is not trivial—it is treason. It defames God and destroys human happiness.

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Good Friday: The Best Day of All

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Good Friday: The Best Day of All | April 17th, 2014

Good Friday: The Best Day of All

Good FridayMaybe you’ve noticed. I haven’t been blogging this year. Instead, I’ve been spending most of my time working on two projects. The first is a book on the presence and glory of Christ. It’s literally the biggest topic in the universe ever. So it’s taking a bit longer than expected. Second is a book on spiritual warfare. It’s one of the most overlooked topics for Christians. It’s perplexing, too. So I’m glad to have a very capable co-author for that one.

But here we are on the brink of Good Friday, the one day that always pulls me up short. Time stops on Good Friday at 6:00am. In preparation I couldn’t resist blogging some Good Friday cheer:

Anyone with a personal sin dilemma should agree–Good Friday is the most important and precious of all the holidays. Why? Because it connects us to the great purpose and plan of redemption that required the unthinkable incarnation of the Son of God (Christmas) and was validated in the glorious resurrection of the Son of Man (Easter). Erase Good Friday, and Christmas and Easter become merely miraculous, and not relevant to us at all.

Jesus hung suspended between heaven and earth, and Good News for sinners began with his final words, “It is finished.”

Draw near to Him in the Gospel narratives.  See Him at the blazing center of the glory of God, where the justice of God collided with the love of God in the sin-bearing body of the sinless Son of God on the Tree (1 Peter 2:24). When you recognize the origin of the sin at the Cross as your sin, Good Friday quite easily becomes The Best Day of All.

On Resurrection Sunday we should sing and feast and click up our heels. But let Good Friday take our breath away.

I plan to start at 6:00am by re-reading the Scriptures from Joe’s BLOG POST this week at CoffeyTalk.com. I will also read from Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die which is available for free from DesiringGod.org in PDF format at this LINK. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, for 50 obvious reasons. And I will listen to the song below over and over again with absolute gladness.

O love of God, o sin of man, in this dread act your strength is tried.
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The Best Holiday. Period.

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The Best Holiday. Period. | March 29th, 2013

The Best Holiday. Period.

If you could only celebrate one holiday a year, which would you choose?

Most would go with Christmas. A virgin giving birth is an astonishing miracle. But if that’s all it is, where’s the good news for you and me? How about Easter? A man rising from the dead is another amazing miracle. But if that’s all there is to it, what’s there to celebrate?

You can see where I’m going. Good Friday is the essential common thread that weaves the other holidays together and makes them good news.

Think about Christmas. The angel of the Lord told Joseph to “call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Christmas is good news for us because it’s connected to Good Friday. Think about Easter. Jesus rose as evidence that the price for our sin had been paid in full. Easter is good news for us because it’s connected to Good Friday, the best holiday of them all.

We should rename it Best Friday. Better yet, The Best Day. Period.

And as is my habit, I’ll begin my Good Friday in the wee early morning hours listening to the [Read more...]

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The Truth of the Cross

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The Truth of the Cross | March 28th, 2013

The Truth of the Cross

Sproul

The Truth of the Cross is a great little book by R.C. Sproul. Download it for free HERE.

Here’s a review: The cross stands at the very center of our Christian lives. Still, many Christians are confused about the heart of the gospel, for many deviant views are in the air. R.C. Sproul blows the fog away in this wonderfully clear, theologically profound, and pastorally rich work. Learn afresh or anew what God has accomplished in the cross, so that you will boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ.

Free Download HERE. Please pass this on to any and all.

 

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Free Devotional for Passion Week

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Free Devotional for Passion Week | March 21st, 2013

Free Devotional for Passion Week

DevotionalHere’s a great way to share next week with family and friends. It’s FREE from DesiringGOD.org, the online ministry of John Piper.

There’s a short meditation for each day from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, helping us focus on Jesus as he displays his love to the uttermost (John 13:1).

1. Palm Sunday: Seeing the King on Palm Sunday
2. Monday: He Set His Face for Jerusalem
3. Tuesday: Depth of Love for Us
4. Wednesday: Why Jesus Is All-Trustworthy
5. Maundy Thursday: Thursday of the Commandment
6. Good Friday: What Good Friday Is All About
7. Saturday: A Holy Week Volcano
8. Easter Sunday: Such Amazing Resurrection Love

Click HERE to download the book in PDF, ePub or MOBI format.

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Noble Peace Prize for Bob Dylan?

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Noble Peace Prize for Bob Dylan? | November 1st, 2012

Noble Peace Prize for Bob Dylan?

No, this is not a bad joke. I realize a lot of people aren’t much for Bob Dylan. But I think the guy is brilliant. How else can someone with a garbled voice like his become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time?

But even I was surprised to read on CNN that last month he almost won the Nobel Peace Prize in literature. He was edged out by a Chinese author named Mo Yan. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised the way Mo’s “hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” Heck, that sounds a lot like Dylan to me.

You probably don’t read Rolling Stone very much and neither do I. But the cover of a recent issue caught my eye. I grabbed it and discovered a fascinating interview. Much of what Dylan said was perplexing. I admit the guy might have fried a few too many neurons along the way. But I could not put the article down. . .  [Read more...]

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