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I believe that Jesus had to die on the cross…

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This evening, Peter talked about his belief that Jesus had to die on the cross, it being the only way men and women who believe in Jesus can be raised from the dead to immortality.

He began by suggesting that belief is the key word in the above statement. Peter was talking from a Christadelphian standpoint.
Some people will argue that Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross, they may consider the idea of someone sacrificing their life in the way Jesus did, abhorrent. That Jesus had to die on the cross is only relevant to those who believe in salvation through the resurrection of the dead.

A person has to die before they can be resurrected. If Jesus was to be raised, he had to die.
We can learn a lot about resurrection by reading chapter 15 of the first letter to the Corinthians. Peter referred to verses 3 to 23. Then quoted verses 55-57.
Then we moved on to John 3:16

God gave Jesus to die for our sins.
The letter to the Hebrews explains the meaning behind the law God gave to Moses when he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. Sacrifice of animals for the sins of the people, points to Jesus’ death.
Hebrews 9:22 says that without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sins. The animals were killed for the peoples’ sins.
Verse 12 talks of Christ, the ultimate sacrifice for sin.
God gave Jesus, to die for us.
Peter then quoted several references to Sin. Romans 3:23, James 1 v14-15, 1 John 5 v17, 1 Peter 2:24 and Romans 2:23.
There is one person who did no sin – it was impossible for him to stay dead. Acts 2 v24.
Jesus had to die in order to be raised. He also had to die as a sacrifice for our sins. With our sins forgiven, though faith, we can share in the resurrection when Christ returns to rule the world. We demonstrate our faith by Baptism (total emersion not sprinkling) – symbolic of death and resurrection. Romans Chapter 6.

After the talk, we discussed the timing of the different stages of the feast of Passover. The gospel records show that when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass, and the people shouted “blessed is the King that comes in the name of the Lord”, it was the day each family chose the lamb for the Passover meal. The day Jesus was crucified was the day the Passover lamb would be killed. We also discussed the fact that whereas pagan sacrifices were offered to appease and angry god, our heavenly Father instigated sacrifices so the animal would be killed instead of the person who had sinned. Jesus is the lamb.

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Mark 8

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Read Online: AV NIV The Bible reading group continues to be enjoyable and thought provoking. The setting for chapter 8

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