Why Jesus Died – (27) To Become a Sympathetic High Priest and (28) To Free Us From Ancestry’s Futility

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to blog today as our family spent all day in our state’s capital – Oklahoma City. Kids are on Spring Break, I took the day off work and we went to play. Now the kids are in bed, the house is quiet and I am watching March Madness. Time to blog …

Here are reasons #27 and #28 that Jesus came to die according to John Piper’s book The Passion of Jesus Christ.

27. To become a sympathetic and helpful High Priest (Heb 4:15-16) – By His work on the cross, Jesus becomes our Priest (Heb 9:26). He is the Mediator between us and God. God will not refuse to look upon His Son even though He was a curse (Gal 3:13-14). And because He was tempted just like us, He knows the pain and suffering of battling sin because He did it too. So what? Answer: why would you not ever go to Him for help and mercy and grace? His is with us and not against us.

28. To free us from the futility of our ancestry (I Pet 1:18-19) – Piper writes, and I would be curious to know if anyone agrees with this point (I don’t), “When the Bible says, ‘You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers,’ it is referring to an empty, meaningless, unprofitable way of living that ends with destruction. It says that these ‘futile ways’ are connected with our ancestors. It doesn’t say how. The crucial thing is to notice how we are freed from the bondage of the futility. The power of the liberator defines the extent of the liberation” (pg. 74). HUH?



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