Why Did Jesus Come to Die? (Reason 4)

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March 25

Why Did Jesus Come to Die? (Reason 4)

Happy Palm Sunday, friends!

This fourth and final segment that I’m sharing today from John Piper’s book Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die does a beautiful job of preparing us for Christ’s resurrection that we’ll celebrate seven days from now.

Jesus came to die…

To Achieve His Own Resurrection from the Dead

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will. (Heb. 13:20-21)

The death of Christ did not merely precede his resurrection— it was the price that obtained it. That’s why Hebrews 13:20 says that God brought him from the dead “by the blood of the eternal covenant.”

The “blood of the . . . covenant” is the blood of Jesus. When the Bible speaks of the blood of Jesus, it refers to his death. No salvation would be accomplished by the mere bleeding of Jesus. His bleeding to death is what makes his blood-shedding crucial.

Now what is the relationship between this shedding of Jesus’ blood and the resurrection? The Bible says he was raised not just after the blood-shedding, but by it. This means that what the death of Christ accomplished was so full and so perfect that the resurrection was the reward and vindication of Christ’s achievement in death.

When the Bible says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17), the point is not that the resurrection is the price paid for our sins. The point is that the resurrection proves that the death of Jesus is an all-sufficient price.

…If we put our trust in Christ, we are not still in our sins. For “by the blood of the eternal covenant,” the Great Shepherd has been raised and lives forever.

John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, pgs. 26-27

Have a blessed Palm Sunday,

Bethany J.

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