History records a man known as Jesus of Nazareth, who walked the earth some 2000 years ago. This man declared Himself to be the Son of God. He was crucified, He died, and He was buried. He willingly offered His life for the sins of the world. After bearing the guilt and penalty for our sin, He was raised from the dead by God, His Heavenly Father, and now reigns as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords!”
Now, either Jesus was who He said He was, and did what was written of Him, or He was a charlatan, a fake, and a fraud. Personally, I believe that He was and is the Son of God, and that He “became sin” so that I could be “made righteous.” I believe that He bore the penalty of my sin and gave me Eternal Life when I believed on Him. This was all made possible through the shedding of His blood upon the cross at Calvary and subsequent bodily resurrection from the dead.
As you listen to this message, “He Tasted Death for You,” I pray that you will get a glimpse into the price that was paid and the sacrifice that was made by Jesus Christ to redeem mankind—to redeem YOU— from the power of sin and death!
think on these things…
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. ~Isaiah 53:3-6 (NLT)
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! ~John 1:29 (NKJV)
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. ~2 Corinthians 5:19-21 (NLT)
For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ~Romans 10:9-13 (NLT)