Summary: This sermon explains why only Jesus could have paid the price for us and why He just could’nt have died any old way or time.

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Why did Jesus have to die?

John 3:16 - 17

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

God sent Jesus His only begotten son for two reasons:

1. Mercy

2. Judgment

I wanted to give you the answer right now, so those of you who are watching your watches can go ahead and get to your reservations or hurry up and get home and kick your feet up and start the grill. But for those of you who want to learn the real meaning of Easter (Resurrection Sunday) then hold on to your seat and fasten your seat belt, the ride may get a little bumpy.

These two words that I just gave you are the answer to the pop quiz. There are no other answers, oh they can be worded in other ways but the truth is (are you listening?) THERE CAN BE NO MERCY APART FROM JUSTICE. Sin must be Punished; God Himself took upon Himself the Punishment of Man’s Sin, and regard those who, in gratitude accept the Savior’s sacrifice, as possessed of the Savior’s own righteousness.

Here let me take you back, way back to the beginning.

In Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

And of course you know the rest if you’ve had any teaching of the bible:

1. Day one - He created the light and separated it from the darkness. It was Good!

2. Day two – He created the Firmament and separated the waters from the waters. It was good!

3. Day three – He created Dry land and the grass, plants, and seed bearing fruit. It was good!

4. Day four – Sun, Moon , and the Stars

It was good!

5. Day five - He created the Fish and the creatures of the sea and the Fowl in the air.

It was good!

6. Day six - He created living creatures upon the earth, then He created man in His own image, in His image He created them male and female.

And He saw it was very good!

7. Day seven – God rested from His works

BUT something happened in Genesis 3

(Genesis 3:1) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, ’You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?"

Long story short the serpent tricked Eve into eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and JUDGEMENT HAD TO BE DISHED OUT (Separation from GOD, Death Physical as well as Spiritual).

And the story continues on in Gen 3:14 & 15 So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."

Yeah and I know you say but Pastor that doesn’t tell me a thing about Jesus let alone why he came. I’m glad that you said that Turn to

Gal 3:16, 17 & 19 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "AND TO YOUR SEED," who is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator

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