by Jerry Vines

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Why Did Jesus Die? (4 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
Jerry Vines
Romans 3:25, 5:8

About 2000 years ago, on a hill outside the city of Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus Christ, at approximately the age of 33 and a half years, was nailed to a cross and He died. Those are the facts.

I used to say that no one, believer or unbeliever, denies that fact, but I was incorrect. The Islamic faith denies the crucifixion of Jesus. It is important for you to know that when Islamic teachers say they believe in Jesus, they do not believe what you and I mean. They believe that Jesus was a prophet, a lower ranking prophet than Mohammed. They believe that Jesus will come again and when He comes again, He will subdue the whole world to Mohammed. Also, it is important for you to know that Islam denies Jesus was crucified on the cross. There may be other exceptions. That is the only exception I know. But other than that, no one reasonably denies the fact that Jesus died on the cross.

The fact of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is one of the most documented events in human history. We have more documentation to support the fact of the death of Jesus on the cross than any other fact in human history. There is more evidence for the cross of Jesus Christ and Him dying than there is for the existence of George Washington.

The fact for the most part is established. Christ died. The question is why did Jesus die on the cross? It is not unusual to die. The Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die. People died yesterday. People died today. People will die tomorrow because Romans 6, verse 23, says, ''For the wages of sin is death.'' Physical death is a part of the wages of sin. I talked to you last week about the sinlessness of Jesus; therefore, if Jesus never did sin, He had no sins for which to die. There was no penalty that He had to pay for His own sins. So why did Jesus die?

First Corinthians 15, verse 3, lays before us the gospel. The word gospel means g ...

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