“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.

Matthew 7:12

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Jesus Christ Accomplished the Work His Father Had Sent Him to Earth to Accomplish:

1. He died on the cross. This is the fundamental theme of the Gospel:

A. The fact of His death: One-fourth of the material in the four gospels relates to Christ’s death and resurrection:

(1) The cross was the purpose for which He came into the world (John 12:27).

(2) His death was prophesied hundreds of years before He came (Isaiah 53:3–8).

B. The meaning of His death:

  1. (1)  It was a ransom for sin (Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 1:18).

  2. (2)  It was to pay the penalty for sin (Romans 3:24; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Mankind is the object of God’s wrath because of rebellion and sin, but God took the initiative in satisfying His wrath by sending His own Son to Calvary.

  3. (3)  It is a reconciliation. Because of Christ’s death, the enmity between us and God has ended (Romans 5:10) and we are restored to fellowship with God (2 Corinthians 5:18–19).

  4. (4)  It is a substitution: He died in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).

  5. (5)  In summary, the problem of sin has been completely dealt with by Christ’s death (Hebrews 9:26; 10:12; 1 Peter 2:24).

2. He was resurrected from the dead: This event was unique in human history and is fundamental to Christianity:

A. The reality of the Resurrection (John 20:1–10; 1 Corinthians 15:4). B. The credibility of the Resurrection:

  1. (1)  Jesus predicted it (Matthew 20:18–19; Luke 24:1–7).

  2. (2)  The tomb was empty (John 20:11–13).

  3. (3)  Many witnesses saw Him alive: the women (Luke 23:55–56); Mary Magdalene (John 20:1–2, 11–18); Peter and the other disciples (John 20:3–9, 19–20, 24–31; 21:1–14).