TiO 15 – Alpha – Why Did Jesus Die?
The Main Idea
Why did Jesus die? The question seems easy enough but the answer is far from straight-forward as it has many nuanced answers. In this message Todd used 4 examples of mechanical parts from a car and explained some of the reasons that Jesus died.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: So you sew? By hand or by machine? From scratch or repair only?
Q2: Have you been confident in your ability to fix something which turned out to be beyond your skill level once you took it apart? Tell that story.
Q3: Would you consider yourself mechanically inclined?
Read the scripture aloud: Ephesians 5:1-2
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Todd concluded his message by focussing us on the tremendous work that was done on the cross: that Jesus died and with his death came change for us and for the world. Our response is not to simply acknowledge that the cross and why Jesus died but instead to live as changed people as a result of the cross.
We do not often tell our following-Jesus stories in church. Sometimes it is because we think our story is not dramatic enough or does not contain the “moment” that you can identify when you gave your life and will to Jesus. Sometimes it is because we do not have a following-Jesus story. But for those who call themselves followers of Jesus there is a story. For some it is a story of growing up in a family who followed Jesus and you cannot point to a moment where you began, but you know that you and Jesus are walking the same road now. For others there is a dramatic story which begins in the words of a famous song, “I once was lost but now I’m found.”
As you close your time together. Pause to tell each other your following-Jesus stories. For those who are not sure whether they are followers of Jesus, this may be the time to take the first steps in a journey with Jesus, if they are ready.
Pray that God would help us all to journey well with Jesus.