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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
So Jesus had to die in order for us to be forgiven. Our sin really is that bad. It deserves death, the very kind of painful and humiliating death that Jesus died for us, in our place. Thankfully, because He was the innocent Son of God, His death was of infinite worth and could secure forgiveness for all of God's people for all time - even for you and for me, living 2,000 years later on the other side of the world.
Prayer Based on Psalm 60:
God, when we consider the sad state of the church -
worldly, compromised, weak, divided -
it does seem like You have rejected us, broken our defenses;
It seems like You have been angry for our unfaithfulness
and have given us over to our sin;
Oh, Father, please restore us!
That your beloved ones may be delivered, Father
give salvation by your right hand and answer us!
God has spoken in his holiness:
“With exultation, I will divide up all of the nations and portion them out to my Son as His inheritance.”
But who will take the Gospel to the nations,
that the tribes may hear the good news and bow their knees before King Jesus.
We should be taking the Gospel Light to the darkness.
Oh, grant us help against the foe,
for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.