Why the Cross?

Day 2 of 22

The Purposes of the Cross

No matter how foolish it may seem to nonbelievers, the Cross serves four key purposes.

First, Jesus died on the Cross to satisfy His own justice. God’s Word says that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). When we break God’s Law, we must pay the penalty. Jesus, the only sinless one, paid that penalty for us on the Cross.

Second, Jesus died on the Cross to redeem His own children. He delivered us from sin and death. Every one of us is born into enmity with God, but God has provided the way back to Him through the Cross.

Third, Jesus died on the Cross to justify believers. It was an act of gracious justice. God does not excuse our sin as a minor concern, but He forgives and restores us when we come to Him in repentance and humility through faith in Jesus Christ. God gives us salvation from sin and death as a gift—a very costly gift.

Fourth, Jesus died on the Cross to reconcile all of those who will believe in Him to His Father. Sin creates a wall between us and God; only Jesus can tear down that wall. When we are reconciled with God, it transforms us from being God’s enemies to being His children.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for all that You accomplished on the Cross. Thank You for the reconciliation I now have with God because of the price You paid.

For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life (Romans 5:10)!

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About this plan

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (I Corinthians 1:18, NIV). The Cross of Christ is the central event of history, but it has also been a source of controversy and offense. In this stirring devotional series, Michael Youssef inspires our appreciation for the offending, redeeming, and very personal work Christ accomplished on the cross. These messages will ground believers in the basis of their faith while guiding unbelievers to a better understanding of the death of Christ on the cross.


We would like to thank MIchael Youssef and Leading the Way for providing this devotional. For more information, please visit: www.LeadingtheWay.org

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