The Motive (1 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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The Motive (1 of 5)
Series: CSI Jerusalem
Jeff Strite
Acts 2:22-24

Open: (We started the sermon playing the theme music for "CSI Miami". Then commented:)
Some of you may be asking "What in the world was that?"
That was the theme music from the hit TV show "CSI Miami". There's CSI, CSI Miami, and CSI New York… and for the next few weeks we're going to be presenting a series of sermons we call "CSI Jerusalem".

Does anybody know what CSI stands for? That's right - "Crime Scene Investigation."
For the next few weeks we're going to be looking at the cross from perspective of a "Crime Scene". We're going to be Crime Scene investigators, and as with all good Crime Scene Investigators, we're going to be looking at the following elements of Calvary:
1. The Motive
2. The Crime Scene
3. The Suspects
4. The Evidence
5. The Witnesses

Today, we'll be looking at the MOTIVE for Jesus dying on the cross. Although, actually, the motive isn't that hard to find in Scripture. The Bible is exceptionally clear as to why Jesus died:

John 3:16 tells us: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

That passage tells us that the motive for the death of Jesus Christ was this:
1. Jesus died because God loved us
2. And if Jesus had NOT died, we would all perish because of our sins
3. But because He did die, if we believe in Jesus - if we accept Him on His terms and give our lives to Him - then we will not have to face the judgment we deserve for our sins.
That's what John 3:16 says about the motive for Christ's death on the cross.

CSI Miami's theme song has these words in it: "I get on my knees and pray, we won't be fooled again." And as I looked at the "Motive" for Christ's death, I realized there were people who would try to fool us - to deceive us about the reason for Jesus' dying on the cross.

I. There are theologians out there who will try to convi ...

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