7) So That We Would Escape the Cure of the Law:

There was no escape from the curse of God's law. It was just; we were guilty. There was only one-way to be free: someone must pay the penalty. "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us" (Galatians 3:13). The law's demands have been fulfilled by Christ's perfect law keeping its penalty fully paid by His death. This is why the Bible teaches that getting right with God is not based on law-keeping: "A person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ" (Galatians 2:16). Our only hope is having the blood and righteousness of Christ credited to our account.

6) To Reconcile Us to God:

The reconciliation that needs to happen between man and God goes both ways. God's first act in reconciling us to Himself was to remove the obstacle that separated him from us-the guilt of our sin. He took the steps we could not take to remove His own judgment by sending Jesus to suffer in your place: "While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son" (Romans 5:10). Reconciliation from our side is simply to receive what God has already done, that way we receive an infinitely valuable gift.

5) To Show God's Love for Sinners:

The measure of God's love is shown by the degree of His sacrifice in saving us from the penalty of our sins: "He gave His only Son" (John 3:16) When we add the horrific crucifixion that Christ endured, it becomes clear that the sacrifice the Father and the Son made to save us was indescribably great! The measure of His love increases still more when we consider the degree of our unworthiness. "God shows His love increases still more when we consider the degree of our unworthiness. "God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8). Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it.

4) To Show Jesus' Own Love for Us:

The death of Christ is also the supreme expression that He "loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). It is my sin that cuts me off from God. All I can do is plead for mercy. I see Christ suffering and dying "to give His life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28). And I ask, am I among the "many?" And I hear the answer, "Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Jesus paid the highest price possible to give me – personally – the greatest gif possible.

3) To Take Away Our Condemnation:

The great conclusion to the suffering and death of Chris is this: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). To be "in Christ" means to be in relationship to Him by faith. Christ becomes our punishment (which we don't have to bear) and our worth before God (which we cannot earn). The death of Christ secures freedom from condemnation for those who believe that Christ has served their death sentence. It is as sure that they cannot be condemned as sit sure that Christ died!

2) To Bring Us To God:

"Gospel" means "good news," and it all ends in one thing: God himself. The gospel is the good news that at the cost of his Son's life, God has done everything necessary to captivate us with what will make us eternally and ever-increasingly happy-namely, Himself. "Christ…suffered once for since, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18).

1) To Give Eternal Life To All Who Believe On Him:

Jesus made it plain that rejecting the eternal life He offered would result in the misery of eternity in hell: "Whoever does not believe is condemned already…the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:18, 36). But for those who trust Christ, the best is yet to come. "No eye had seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). We will see that all-satisfying glory of God. "This is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3). For all these reasons and more, Christ suffered and died. Why would you not embrace Him as your Savior from sin and judgement, and live with God eternally.

First of all I give God all the honor and glory. I thank God for His Son Jesus and I thank Him for the Holy Spirit.

Question: Are you sure of your salvation with God? There should be nothing more important for us, than to know that we are indeed the children of God. And there is nothing more important than to know that you are saved and that when you die you are going to Heaven. That is why I ask you to know exactly where you stand with God. Be very sure that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior because He is the only one who can save you. Repent of all your sins and make Jesus the Lord of your life. 1 John 5:13 reads: "To you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life." I want to leave you with this, only you can choose your final destination. Yes, Only you! It is in your hands: Heaven or Hell…

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Marcus Chandler is a longtime pastor and columnist. Contact him at mchandler2011@hotmail.com or (501) 908-9507.