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The importance of Christís death

1 Corinthians 15:3

The most important things that Christians believe are not ideas, but events.

Usually, nobody really knows what events will happen in the future. However, these events were different. Long ago, God announced that he would do these things. For example, you can read Davidís description of Christís death in Psalm 22, or Isaiahís description in Isaiah chapter 53. David wrote about 1000 years before Christís death; Isaiah wrote about 700 years before Christís death.

Christís death is so important for Christians because of what Christ achieved by his death. All people have done many wrong and evil things that are against Godís law (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23). The punishment that everyone deserves for their evil deeds is death (Romans 6:23).

Christ alone obeyed God perfectly (Hebrews 7:26-27); he alone did not deserve death. But Christ suffered death so that God could forgive many people (Hebrews 9:28; Isaiah 53:6).

However, not everyone receives the benefit of Christís death (John 3:18-19). Most people refuse to allow Christ to have the proper place in their lives (John 1:11; Matthew 7:13-14); that decision is very foolish (Matthew 7:24-27).

Instead, we should invite Christ into our lives (John 1:12). We should confess our evil deeds to God, and we should ask him to forgive us. Then we should believe and trust him. If we do that, he will change our lives (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17). He will give us life that never ends (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52-57).

Next part: Christ really did become alive again (1 Corinthians 15:4)

 

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