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Easter Special – Why Did Jesus Have to Die to “Take Away the Sins of the World”?

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April 10, 2020 8:00 pm

Easter Special – Why Did Jesus Have to Die to “Take Away the Sins of the World”?

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April 10, 2020 8:00 pm

One positive result of the coronavirus is that health, family, church, helping others, access to food, and having a job are being re-prioritized as important over the usual trivial pursuits, such as buying things, recreation, and entertainment.

And yet even these important aspects and others—government, political leadership, education, economics—pale in comparison to what took place this weekend about 2000 years ago in Jerusalem when Jesus Christ was crucified and buried on Friday and miraculously rose from the grave on Sunday.

Why is this the most important, most momentous event in history?...

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Why did Jesus have to die take away the sins of the world. Greg Gilbert joins us today in the Christian worldview for the special Easter weekend program where our mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview Christians and to share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ, I'm David we host and our website is the Christian will one positive result of the coronavirus is that health and family and church and helping others and access to food, basic necessities and having a job are being re-prioritized as important over the usual Trivial Pursuit, such as buying things in recreation and entertainment and yet even these important aspects, and in others like government and political leadership in education and economics. All of those pale in comparison to what took place this weekend. About 2000 years ago in the city of Jerusalem.

When Jesus Christ was crucified and buried on Friday and then miraculously rose from the grave on Sunday. So why is this the most important, most momentous event in history. Well because God provided the one way that man could be reconciled or restored to him. Why do we need to be reconciled. The short answer is a three letter word sin. Now resolving our sin and offenses against a holy God is the most critical issue in all of life is a big statement but it's absolutely the case. It is why John the Baptist declared, upon seeing Jesus, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world why sin is so important why Jesus came to die for sin is the focus of our Easter we can program with pastor Greg Gilbert today. He's a senior pastor 3rd Ave., Baptist Church and the author of several books was good to the first segment of that interview pastor Greg Gilbert joins us today on the Christian worldview for our seventh year now of doing a special Easter program and Greg, thank you once again for coming on the program. This Easter before we get to our topic about how Christ had to die to take away the sins of the world like to ask you about the topic that everyone is thinking and talking about right now. Of course the coronavirus as you look back in the last events of the last 4 to 6 weeks and all that's taken place weathers from the response to the pandemic, the shutdowns, the economics, the media coverage the worldview behind this. What are the top three or four things that come to your mind with this global pandemic, the coronavirus that is great to be with you again.

I just I'm surprised but it's amazing that this is the seventh time we've we've done this right in this this week before Easter so as to be with you the pandemic that's overall that's an overall thing about these days is I have a lot of thoughts about it like everybody else I don't know that there I don't know there any more profound than than anything anybody else think about, but I've been struck by just how much I have valued and missed the gathering of my church, third Avenue were children live streaming and that sort of thing, but people asked me every once in a while if they can come to those services as we do it we do the whole service we have musicians and I'm in the pulpit, preaching everything and people will say what that looks like a lot of fun. Now to be there with those other people doing the service, I felt no. Oh it's it's not fun. It's a very sad sort of thing was welcome in we do our jobs and then we leave and the place is empty as were doing our jobs and it's just a stark reminder of how how sad it is that they were not able to gather together so I'm ready to regather that's that's one thing I think another thing that struck me about this and it's it's happened a couple times in my life, but I've been reminded again of house in civilization is out in normal is and how fragile it is. If you think you know even back a month ago.

Everything was normal and now just four weeks later. A lot of what we take to be normal civilization is just gone and you have the sense that for all the pride we human beings have and what we've accomplished.

It doesn't take much of a shove to to set it all on on its edge and you can you can scan. I feel that one more shove could sin the thing taken over the edge know, for example, what if what if the country can't manage to pull off a normal election in November 2020 that is exactly the sort of little shove in the shoulder that could sin the thing it's in the thing careening off the edge so I think there's I think is a lot of danger and is not not just from the disease itself from hell how society handles the things of interest. Interesting that we humans are not in as much control of things as we think we are and I think this is a pretty stark, though not as stark as it is been in history, but a pretty sharp reminder from the Lord that we are not in control. I think you're exactly right about those observations.

Greg Gilbert with us today on the Christian worldview.

The senior pastor of 3rd Ave., Baptist Church in Louisville Kentucky. Our topic today is is about sin and why the son of God had to enter our world to die for our sin.

One more question. The virus here is this virus is is coronavirus an example of how sin affects our fallen world. Yet, certainly, especially in the sense that it makes people sick and it makes people die because he just wouldn't pad that in in Eden before humanity fell right. I don't know if you had viruses write maybe viruses existed and they did good things to to human beings before the fall. This things a reminder that this world is fallen. It groans in anticipation of its redemption from intellect. Like Paul says its bondage to decay and so it's a good reminder to us that we live in a fallen, hard world. We certainly do now on this issue of sin while we get a working definition of what this little three letter word is when you're explaining this to your congregation. How do you define sin. I generally think the best way to define it is rebellion against God. Now that I can take a lot of different forms right it can be an action. It can be thought to be motivation. We know that it's it's just kinda who we are as human beings post fall but essentially it is to say, I don't want God's authority over me.

I don't want him to be king. I don't want him to wear the crown over my life. I'm gonna wear the crown and therefore I'm you disobey him to be apathetic toward a member and ignore him to deny his existence. Again, it's a million different forms, but it is to say, I do not want the Lord's throne to rule over me. I minimal myself think this is a great way in a simple way and understandable way of defining it. Greg Gilbert with us today talking about why Christ had to die to take away the sins of the world on the special Easter program here in the Christian worldview.

Do you think Greg that the view of sin today in our society and all even include even within the church has a lower view.

A less serious view of sin than previous. Let's just specify like American generations and if it if so. If there's a lower view of sin, the less of a serious view of sin. Now, why do you think that is if we take society as a whole. It seems to me that that for a while.

Society was trying to get rid of the idea of sin and of the sexual revolution was about getting rid of the idea of any tenant any Kennison anything you do anything you are is is just fine.

I think that proved untenable. We may be getting to the point that it's untenable sexually also. But, but society as a whole has kind of rediscovered the idea that there are certain things you can do that are wrong. The society is fumbling around arguing with one another about exactly what those wrong things are right so critical race theory is gonna tell you that it's the certain things that are wrong. Critical gender theories can tell you that these things that are wrong political rights can tell you that it's these things are wrong. So there's a sense of wrong for arguing about what that is and we basically kept the idea of sin, but we've we've gone godless with it and so that's taken away our ability to to know exactly what it is we think is wrong. I think what's interesting about all thing though is that society's newfound kind acknowledgment that there are wrong things that you can do it.

It seems to not have any concept of forgiveness to go along with it which is which is so interesting right because for a long time.

It was what was can forgive everything there is no sin. Everything is off the table. Now it's there is sin, and if you commit one of them you get canceled that there is no redemption there is no forgiveness. You are gone. So give us some example of this that you see taking place in society like this new definition of of sin in this cancellation.

Where were you see that there will be, for example, on on social media occasionally you'll have somebody pop up in the news and they're giving some amount of money to charity or there creating some good thing in society and you'll actually see people diving back into their social media feeds to pull up one or two things that are wrong right things. They said the wrong. And that's used them to sort of cancel out all the good that they're doing now.

No amount of apology scrubs out that that wrong. You're just done for really really long time and people have lost their jobs. They lost positions you know you're just you're just canceled so it's funny that you know societies is this really slingshot over the last few decades maybe even years from there is nothing that's wrong to. There are things that are wrong, but there's no redemption for them you when Christianity has been sitting here the whole time saying there are things that are wrong, the Lord is defined in Voorhis and in his great also offers forgiveness, which is a workable worldview that the world just is gonna flail around and miss you until until he turned back to God and his word Greg Gilbert again with us today in their Christian worldview.

The senior pastor of 3rd Ave., Baptist Church in Louisville Kentucky. Their website is third you can go there to hear great sermons, Ezekiel 18 verse 20 says the person who sins will die. Romans 623 that the wages of sin is death, then ultimately judgment.

Why is sin so serious to God that he sent his son to die in our place for another words I think the world doesn't get this one.

You often hear it is disproportionate punishment the sender your signing of God killed Jesus you use books written with that kind of that title and so forth. Why since a serious to God. Well, because it's not just assorted heavenly traffic violation. You know it's not just a mistake. It's not just falling short of the mark. The whole Sunday school illustration that we use in times of of sin being an archery word that means to miss the mark that is not what sin is all if you will use an archery illustration. Sin is not that we are aiming for the target and we just miss it is to turn around and aim the arrow at the heart of the Canton we are we are in rebellion against God, and you know I mean is taken to the earthly level, no king worth his salt, and allow a rebellion against him to stand so you you multiply that by the infinite worth and honor and dignity and majesty of the God of the universe in our little puny firing of an arrow and sin toward his heart is isn't infinite defense when Adam takes the fruit from the tree. He's not just making a little mistake.

He's not even just grabbed a little piece of fruit.

What he's doing is is looking at the command of God. Don't eat this fruit and needs listening to Satan who says you can be like God. In other words, you can have the throne. Adam, if you will just throw off God's authority from you and Adam looks back at the tree and says I do not like this command hanging over me on breaking it and daring. Got to do something about sin is not a minor thing. It's a massive thing in his personal little bit further wise. The wages of sin, death, why couldn't God said in the day that you eat of it you will surely turn into a toad or something. It's because death is the natural and right consequence. When you declare independence from an war on the very source of your life. The source of your life is God you turn around and the natural that stay with us more in the Christian worldview on this Easter special right after this. People everywhere have anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic. What will happen to their help, their job, their financial future. There is also heightened spiritual awareness.

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We love to send that to you that our guest is great Gilbert the senior pastor of 3rd Ave., Baptist Church were talking about. Why did Jesus have to die to take away the sins of the world with get to the second segment of that interview.

As we get towards the sacrifice of Christ and why he died to take away our sins. What was the Old Testament sacrificial system like you know sometimes people think, say, the Christian faith is a bloodied religion in and in a way it is. The priest were shutting the animals, blood that was required by God. What was that sacrificial system like what the, the killing of animals and how did that lead forward, then to that, the Lamb of God.

Christ would take away the sins of the world, the Lord started teaching, she met entity about the idea about the sacrifice.

As soon as Adam and Eve send your member he clothed them in animal skins will wear those he got he got in by killing an animal right and so in order for Adam and Eve to be closed. An animal had to die, so in a very embryonic uniform God was teaching Adam and Eve right there that in order for you to be cared for some penalty has to be paid in the form of death that continued you know and and really really came form at at the Passover in when the people of Israel were in slavery in Egypt. The Lord was to rescue them. You know the story. He says sin, and the angel of death through the land.

The shocking thing about that was the angel of death was gonna come through Israelite lands to Israelites were in certain cities on the outskirts of the cities of of Egypt and up until that point, the plagues had not fallen on the cities of the Israelites, but this one was going to death was can fall on them the message. Of course being that your you're guilty to. You deserve to die for your sins, but if you'll do what I tell you the Lamb till it put the blood on the door.

When the angel of death sees that blood on the on the door posts you'll pass over your house while that's where the whole idea kinda came to its full form and then once the law was given at Sinai. A few months later. A few weeks later that took the form of a whole system of sacrifices of animals which were making the same point that sin demands a penalty, that penalty is death glides that penalty doesn't have to be paid by the center right. It can be paid by something or ultimately someone else senior pastor Greg Gilbert of 3rd Ave., Baptist Church is our guest this Easter weekend here on the Christian really this is our seventh year. Annual Easter special with him as he explains in elements of this most important moments in history. Greg says in James two verse 10 for whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. Recognizing yourself as a sinner in need of God's forgiveness is the prerequisite for coming to saving faith.

We don't recognize your sinner why would you want to be saved, if you don't think Zen brings forth death and judgment. What you need to be safe from with the human tendency and we all have this towards self-righteousness and comparison of ourselves with others that we deem worse than ourselves. Should we try to get someone quote unquote on the save that make them aware of their sin or how do you do that, because of such a tendency to for people to profess their own self-righteousness to help and to help them see their sinfulness. Basically how you do that in a conversation with the nonbeliever when there such as tendencies toward self-righteousness and not seeing around sin.

I think you're right. It's a prerequisite you're not in the you're not going to see your need for a Savior, unless you see your need to be saved right so so you have to bring people to the point of realizing that there is a problem, the New Testament, Jesus, the apostles, they do that in a lot of different ways.

The sermon on the Mount is primarily a way of saying your problem is deeper than you think it is. He was and the Israelites you think your problem is is that you have trouble coming up with enough caveats to the law that you're not explicitly violating one of them in Jesus's whole point is known will know that's not your problem. The problem is that you're very heart violates the spirit of the law so II think that's a strategy that you can use with people to convince them of their own sinfulness. You know I think if you can just get people to be honest with themselves, though they they tend to know that everything is not right. People are not honest about that with themselves or with others but generally people know themselves well enough and and all you gotta do is come up pulled them out of that little bit to be honest, and then the real job becomes convincing them that it is in fact Jesus who can save them about the good works aspect of it.

They send, but then there is the other human tendency to say well, I've done a lot of good in my life and I've gone to church have been really kind of people I'm a good person.

The idea being that while my good either outweighs the bad of daughter, my good cancels out the sin I've done, how to explain that. Why doesn't the good that we do so to speak.

The good why doesn't that cancel out the bad we've done every human being is a tendency toward toward self-justification. We we want a works righteousness and every religion in the world except Christianity says that the way you the way you're saved is by doing more good things and bad things are at least enough good things to make yourself worthy of being saved.

That's the basic human most fundamental human religion in the world, and Christianity just says something something different A couple of things and it does say the bear minimum that they like.

James says if you broken the law. At one point that wasn't just a mistake that was rebellion against the creator and no amount of good works that you pile up on top of that, take that rebellion away it just it just doesn't. It would be like me saying it like a traffic ticket for speeding. It's not to be a winning argument in court will judge. Look at all the times I didn't speed now doesn't that overwhelm this that this one's on that identity is a sugary know that's great that you that you didn't speed all those other times but you did in this time and there's consequence for that right so nobody actually believes believes that right and my kids can do it in school with my if my daughter misses a math problem on her test. She said she's gonna lose some points for that right. You can't say will I know I did. I did better on these other ones that the point though more important than that, though, is that sin is not something that on us that doesn't affect our very being. Sin is in us, and it is all of us is it's not something you can wipe off Paul says in Ephesians chapter 2 we are by nature children of wrath. We deserve what is coming to us and I don't think you have to look very hard into human history to see that we humans are capable of some awful awful stuff when you can't you can't live on the side of the Holocaust on this side of World War II on the side of American chattel slavery and think that we humans are basically good. We are not at at the first opportunity we do horrific things to one another and we often do it in the name of tonsillitis for their own good, so the human race is not good and we deserve what's coming to us. I think anybody is honest about that. Will it will admitted during the crucifixion of Christ. There was another really cut a subtext event going on with these two criminals being crucified on either side of Christ. You were both mocking him as Christ is being crucified. You save yourself. And if you're the son of God. They were mocking and then all of a sudden one of them has this incredible change of heart.

And as the other one continues to mock him this other one has a change of heart and says why are you mocking him. He is not guilty of doing anything. All of a sudden this one realizes he's a sinner and then the God man on the cross next to him is the only thing that can save him from his sin. Do you have any idea what causes that turnaround or someone goes from mocking Christ to all the sudden realizing their own sin. What takes place for a person to get to that really important point of of understanding.

Yes, I am a sinner. I've sinned against God, adjust God is going to judge me for my sin in Christ is my only way to believing what he did in the cross for me is my only way to be saved.

What you think takes place when that occurs, ultimately, and most importantly though, the Holy Spirit regenerates gives life. You go from the Holy Spirit acts in your heart to raise you to spiritual life. So you go from you go from being dead in your trespasses and sins to a life and that's a miracle. Salvation is not. It is not just a decision. It's not just turning over a new leaf to be saved and become a Christian is a is a miracle. It's got the power that could could create a universe, and it is that kind of that kind miracle to bring someone from death to life, not always use means to do that sometimes we experience it as a sort of explosive conversion in our lives. Others of us experience it as it is a Morse slower, coming to life so the Holy Spirit does in all kinds of ways. Apparently that that thief on the cross had one of those explosive conversion moments were the Holy Spirit brought in the life even as he was physically dying and he put it all together.

I think we assume sometimes that those beefs on the cross and basically everybody in about I think we assume that there they're not very smart but that thief was brought up studying the Old Testament and so all those phrases that were being thrown at Jesus with such irony and he's listening to me is hearing them. It seems to me that he probably just put it all together from the profits and realized when the Holy Spirit generated him. This is him and then put together what this person could do for him and he had faith in Christ okay are great our guest today here in the Christian reviews Greg Gilbert, the senior pastor of 3rd Ave., Baptist Church. You know the message of this weekend.

The gospel is so simple even a child can understand it, your center, Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, but the elements of it are so profound it's so inexhaustible to better understand just the amazing thing that God did for us through Christ this weekend.

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For instance, we've gone why Christ needed to be fully God and fully man who Jesus is and who how you are called to respond. We talked about what is a mean that Christ is the believers high priest, and other topics like that over the last seven years and today were talking about. Why did Jesus have to die to take away the sins of the world. People think that would mean God sending his own son to die with.

What's the what's the big deal so to speak about sin and that is the question that the great Gilbert is addressing today. If you missed any of the program is a little more left with him if he missed any can always go back to our website the Christian rule. If to hear the reply of it and also get the podcast for free at errors in a lot of different formats so well lots of ways to hear are we have one segment short segment left with great Gilbert. Let's get to that and will follow up with some mock conversation afterwards.

Our topic is why did Jesus have to die to take away the sins of the world and that phrase take away the sins of the world comes from what John the Baptist said about Christ in John one he saw Christ, he said, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It says in first John 17. If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another in the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. So for the person listening today. Greg, who who's trying to figure out. Maybe what Easter is all about is thinking about this time this year with coronavirus and how much the world has changed is thinking about their own spiritual life and in God and what's going on here. How would you explain to someone today. How does this blood of Christ cleanse us from all sin and what they need to do to believe that by faith and did a video for my church for that word and send out on on Good Friday and I talked about so that I read an article about portraiture in the Renaissance. Now these very powerful Richmond usually would sit for portraits and the artist would withdraw them in all of their their grandeur, but they the artists for a time began to include what they call a memento mori in the painting phrase that means.

Remember, you must die so for example in the portrait shelf in the background of the man is being painted in the audit of the artist would paint onto that shelf clock.

For example, set at one minute until midnight or they would paint a bowl of fruit on the table and put one rotten piece of fruit in in the bowl just as a reminder to that man, no matter how great you are, no matter, no matter how much money you have. Death is always at the door. They even began.

After a while to put little. A little tiny hidden human skull somewhere in the painting might just and might be hidden somewhere in the code, way it might just be peeking out from under the robes at the feet of the man being painted but it was just a way of saying you're gonna die and I was struck thinking about that that over the past month we have had more of those opportunities to remember death than most of us are used to having in in a year or a decade. Death is just stalking the land right now and so I think it's on our minds in God's grace. Though he's put this thing right on top of a remembrance of the man who succumbed to death, but then conquered it on Easter.

The one man who has taken the keys of death and in hell and has the ability to to set us free from from the fear of it and from its dominion in the way does that of course is by it is by exhausting the curse of death that hangs over us because of our rebellion against God. We deserve to die. We deserve to die spiritually.

We deserve to be separated from God. We deserve to be forsaken by God and on the cross, Jesus exhausts all of that he takes it all until it's got nothing else to fire at us.

If we embrace him and trust and faith. Then the victory he's won over death and over hell becomes our victory to submit our sin becomes his and he dies for it is victory over death and hell and send becomes obstacles were united to him by by faith. So the king who conquers death as in his grace said I want this to count for all of my people as well. The cute little things that you have to be with the Kings people in order for that benefit the company, which means value need to him, trusting in him and relying on him to to to safety. Thank you so much for explaining that that message of of Easter, the gospel message. The good news that despite the fact that were sinners. Despite the fact that our sin deserves death.

This is why Jesus Christ came and lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary sacrifice on the cross for our sin to pay the penalty for our sin into to give us his righteousness, and Greg.

We always appreciate the way you carefully, thoughtfully about above all biblically share that gospel and explain that gospel message, and we just continue to wish all of God's grace and and best to you and 3rd Ave., Baptist in your family, and I thank you again for coming on the Christian worldview radio program payment.

Thank you brother. It's always a joy to be with you. Okay, that was great Gilbert. Everyone here on the Christian world you today John R. Easter special program are not too many others that I know of that explain the gospel as clearly as he does. This is easy to confuse things. Lots of elements to its very simple, but can be made very complicated it can be. People can emphasize the wrong things he does a very good job emphasizing the most important parts of the gospel that God is holy and just he's our creator. He's our sustainer of life. These are just judge for all of mankind and we are sinful we are separated from God because of our sin and others no way we can erase though the our sinfulness threaded through doing good works to try to be a good person that doesn't work with God. The Bible clearly teaches it's not by works of righteousness that we have done, but the good news as of this weekend Easter weekend is that Christ came to live a perfect life that he could be that perfect Lamb of God as they sacrificed spotless lambs for centuries in the nation of Israel that was just a temporary looking forward to the actual spotless perfect sinless lamb Jesus Christ to come to take away the sins of this world. He's her only way that our sin can be paid for in God's wrath. Injustice can be satisfied over our sin. And that's the message and so what we do with that information, we must receive it and believe it. Trust in it by faith alone and what Christ did for us. Tina says in Philippians chapter 25 this is a powerful passage does have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he existed in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but empties himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and he came to earth and being made in the likeness of men being found in appearance as a man. Here he is on earth, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross verse nine Philippians 2. For this reason also, God highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, that and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the father and so based on that passage.

We are each compelled to make one of two choices in life. With regard to Jesus Christ. Choice number one is you can choose to bow willingly now to him as Savior and Lord. While we are alive on the earth, and the result of borrowing willingly now is that we will beef God promises to forgive us of our sin, and grant us eternal life in heaven.

That's choice one cornice passes. Choice two is you can choose to not bow to him. Now while you're on earth but just know as this passage promises that you will bow unwillingly to him later after you die, and the result of that choice will be that you will pay the eternal penalty for your own sin in hell. So why would anyone choose the second option we have the with God's given us a gracious and merciful opportunity to have Jesus pay our penalty for us. If you bow willingly to him now. Otherwise, is that passage says you will bow unwillingly to him later the Bible that the passage says at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Gore, the father, that is a mess for believer unbeliever world and about you can bow willingly now and then the result of that is eternal life. We can bow unwillingly after you die in result of that is eternal damnation in hell. So why would anyone choose that second option because the evidence is all here of who Jesus is that he's the son of God and what he did on the cross is substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind on the cross. To me there's there's no dispute that a man named Jesus lived it just about is that man who he claimed to be Izzy, the son of God and the Savior of mankind. People will say well I don't want to go after being a Christian. There's lots of hypocrites in the church and there's only the Bible says only one way I can accept that there is only one way to God. There's got to be lots of different ways about people other than all the parts of the world would never have a Bible don't know about Jesus.

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You can order as many as you like for $0.50 per booklet, perfect for sharing with to order go to the Christian or call one AAA 646-2233 that the Christian world. final segment of the day here on the Christian worldview radio program. Thanks for joining us for this special Easter program. Why did Jesus have to die. Take away the sins of the world. David Wheaton healthcare web is the Christian news lots to do at that website. One important thing would be to sign for free weekly E newsletter and do not only to get the preview lots of updates and things for free on the newsletter but we also include the short takes which are highlights of of the program weekly that come to your inbox and out the great short format to be able to catch three or four short highlights of the program every week and get that by just typing in the email address at our website the Christian rule of before this last break we are talking about the fact that Philippians 2 says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, so we really have two options. Writers is that that's of a binary choice.

You can choose the bow willingly now to him as Savior and Lord of our life on earth than the result of that choice is that God promises to forgive us and give us eternal life. The second choices.

We can choose to not bow now but be assured that you will bow unwillingly later after you die is every knee will bow and every tongue will confess and the result of not bowing now is that Juergen have to pay the eternal penalty for your own sin in hell. So why would anyone choose that that second choice.

The second option will you often hear this hypocrites in the church will courses hypocrites everywhere. I met I don't perfectly live out the Christian life.

I'm hypocritical at times. So are you even for not a Christian you hypocrite. You don't perfectly live by your own particular set of values. Everyone is no one perfectly. Jesus was perfect so don't look at other people look at yourself. Don't reject Christianity reject Christ based on the hypocrisy of someone else know like hypocrite. Of course, that that's no you can't stand before God someday is as well as other hypocrites in the church.

That's why didn't believe in your son that that's not gonna work. This only one way.

Some will complain again, can't be you.

This is unfair to people never hurt you. Don't believe the fairness and the justice to God.God is perfectly just perfect.

Don't stand before God that you can give me a chance. You created me purely for damnation that that's not that's not the God of the Bible fact is that God has graciously provided one way at least you did. We don't even deserve to have one way to be saved through Christ graciously. Mercifully, he did provide one way through believing in his son. And for those in the other parts the world that you're so concerned about you know God is well beyond his ways are well beyond your ways are well beyond your thoughts. He knows how to bring others to saving faith in him, even in cultures that are don't have a Christian background like America so I think the reason that we don't accept that second that the option of bowing to Jesus now that was the reason that too many people choose to not bow to him now is that what Greg Gilbert was saying today we want to be king. We want to be king of our lives and we don't want God to be king. We we want to rule we want to be on the throne of her own lives.

We don't want to give up our sin. If sin wasn't pleasurable and didn't provide some sort of satisfaction and fulfillment. Trust no one would do it so we choose our own sin. We choose to be your own king, rather than having God be in his rightful place of the King of is the King of our lives, but let me just say that God's way and I by the way I remember this very is this crossroads in my own life when I was in my early 20s and in and in realizing that I was going the wrong way and I was offending God, and I wasn't right with God and it will will is a choice of discrete mechanical God's way or my care for sick my own sin coming out.

Continue with my own scent is that for sick my own way. My own sin and go God's way her mom to continue in my own sin and I go away from The choice and I get that I get the allure to sin its strong God's way, though I can tell you on this side of salvation is infinitely better, infinitely, then your way going our own way.

It isn't worth the ultimate consequences. In the end, Mark, Jesus says in Mark chapter 8 he says he summoned the crowd with his disciples and he said to them, here's the cost of following him.

If anyone wishes to come after me, you must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me forever wishes to save his life. Mother with you and rule on your own life, you lose your life, but whoever loses his life for my sake in the Gospels will save itself.

You you follow God's way you follow Christ.

You can lose your life or your gonna save your life by going that way you eternal life. For what does it profit a man. Jesus says to gain the whole world to go your own way. If you have to forfeit your soul for what will a man give in exchange for his soul knee after those two questions as you can't give anything exchange for your soul says in verse 38 Mark eight for whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation if you're ashamed of Christ, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of you when he comes in the glory of his angels of his father with the holy angels so again there's two options here.

We can choose now to bow before Christ and come to him in repentant faith regarding not bow but you will bow later be assured of that anyone can be baptized. Anyone can be to go to church. Anyone can help the poor.

Anyone can take communion. You can check all those boxes, but that has nothing to do with bowing spiritually to Jesus because you can do those things that you can walk out of that place and live the rest of the week anyway you want. That's called externalism doing those things does not save you, but believing in Jesus as Savior and Lord means you, you give up the throne of your life to him. It's a 24 seven 365 Road. It is hard to believe I I will grant you that this easy believe is about as believe in Jesus. The new can have your life back. That's not true. To follow Jesus means you give up everything that you are in your human sinful desires want in favor of what God wants for your life. Jesus said again in Matthew chapter 7, enter through the narrow gate.

For the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and there are few who find it. So I will just encourage you this Easter weekend to enter through the narrow gate. Enter through the narrow gate of Jesus by repenting of your send admitting confessing your sins to God and believing in who Jesus Christ is that he is the son of the perfect son of God and what he did this weekend almost 2000 years ago to pay the penalty. You deserve to pay he pay the penalty for you on the cross so that you could be forgiven of your sin so that you can have peace with God.

You could be reconciled to him now during this life and you're also going to be given eternity in heaven forever. There is no more priceless possession than that it is a trustworthy statement is our verse for today is deserving full acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and are all sinners and need to be saved. Contact us if you have any questions about how to be saved. We have a page on our website. What must I do to be saved, if you want to read more about it.

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