Imagine you went to a shopping mall and you wanted to purchase a gold wrist watch.
As you gave the cashier your credit card, you discovered that there was no money in it.
Perplexed by this and in disappointment you were about returning the item back to the wrist watch stand then the cashier beckoned on you to come over and she says “oh please, this man here has just paid it on your behalf, you can keep it”
As you turn around to find the man with this benevolence, you find him staring at you and with a smile, heads to the door.
Wouldn’t your joy know no bounds?
That was what Jesus Christ did many years ago, he paid the price for you in full.
When you were feeling embarrassed, guilty, and like an alien, Jesus stood the gap in your place, he paid a huge debt with his blood.
What was the ultimately price?
Then, his resurrected life became your eternal life—The God kind of life.
How did he pay the ultimate price? He died! It was a huge price.
Not just an ordinary death but an painful and excruciating death on a cross.
But why did Jesus die for me by paying the Ultimate price of his life.
1. JESUS died because of love.
Though Jesus, being God in nature, existed from the beginning of time with God (John 1:1) and the Holy Spirit, He willingly left His throne (John 1:1-14) to take the form of a man, that He might pay the price for our sin so that we would be saved and not have to pay for it for all eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
Because mankind’s sin has been paid for by our sinless messiah Jesus Christ, God who is just and holy can now forgive our sins when we accept Christ Jesus’ payment as our own (Romans 3:21-26).
Thus, Christ’s love is shown in His leaving His home in heaven, where He was worshipped and revered as He deserved, to come to earth as a man where He would be mocked, betrayed, battered, and crucified on a wooden cross to pay the price for our sin, rising again from the dead on the third day.
He loved us by considering our need for someone who could save us from our sin and its penalty as more important than His own comfort and life (Philippians 2:3-8).
Sometimes people may give their lives willingly for someone they love—a friend, a relative or other “good” people but Christ’s love is unconditional. Christ’s love reaches to those who don’t deserve it.
He willingly took the punishment of those who tortured Him, spit on Him, rebelled against Him, and cared nothing about Him, those who were most undeserving of His love (Romans 5:6-8).
He gave the most He could give for those who deserved it the least! Sacrifice, then, is the essence of godly love, called agape love.
This is God kind of love, not worldly love. (Matthew 5:43-48).
2. Jesus died for us to be justified before God— face to face.
After the Fall, we were disqualified because we all inherit the sinful nature.
God couldn’t look at our faces.
Before Jesus died when a man commits an offence, an animal was used as a sacrifice for atonement but it couldn’t wash the sins of man once and for all.
It was not a perfect cleansing.
No other human or animal could cleanse our sins completely.
The only blood that could do so was Jesus. Why? Because his blood was perfect.
If Jesus had even one sin, He could never have died for you and I because He would have to die for His own.
Therefore Christ knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15).
He was made only in the likeness of the flesh of sin (Rom. 8:3).
He was without spot or blemish (1 Pet. 1:19).
Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Cor. 5:21).
“For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” . (Heb. 4:15)
3. Jesus died to Restore Man’s Authority.
When God created the heavens and the earth, he gave man authority. (Gen 1:26)
Everything was perfect until the fall, we had authority, we had dominion, we had the rights, privileges, and entitlements but when Adam and Eve listened to the old serpent—the devil, they lost their place and gave their authority to the devil.
He became the god of this earth and man became subject to the devil.
Jesus went to hades to take that which the devil has cruelly stolen from man and the only way was to die.(see Heb 2:14)
When Jesus died he went to hell shortly before he resurrected.(see Matt 12:40)
He went to Hell and defeated death and took the Keys of death and Hell from Satan who had the power of death. (see Rev. 1:18)
His victory over death enables us to have authority in the name of Jesus here on earth through the blood of Jesus.
4. He died to Restore The Broken Link Connecting Us To God.
Man enjoyed fellowship with the father until the fall.
There was an unending stream of koinonia until they disobeyed God.
Jesus, God’s own son through his death brought back the relationship with the father man lost. (1 John 1:3)
There is only one way to the father and that is through Jesus.
He is the legal passport to the throne of heaven.
Your access to the father is denied if you don’t believe that Jesus died for you. (John 14:6)
5. He was an escape from the Curse Of the law.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Gal 3:13.
The law of moses could not give us the perfect cleansing, the law that was made to rescue us became a curse.( See Gal 2:16)
When Jesus was on the cross, all humanity’s sins was on him.
What the law could not do, he did by taking the curse of the law upon himself and that’s why we we free today.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free.
6. Jesus Died So We Can Have Eternal Life.
We were meant to live forever from creation until the fall of Adam but Jesus decide to taste death for every man and this singular gesture has brought to us a stream of an unending life.( See John 1:4)
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Gal 2:9)
His death and later resurrection activated eternal life. Eternal life comes to your spirit when you accept Jesus into your heart, and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)
Its a life that refreshes. His death enabled us to live the God kind of life that is impermeable to sickness, diseases and death.
How to give your heart to Jesus.
If you are struggling in any aspect of your life, its probably because you haven’t given your heart to Jesus.
To give Jesus your heart means to believe that he died and rose again for you that you may be saved.
It also means to let him be your Lord over your will, emotions and intellect.
Give your heart to him. Willingly surrender your soul to him.
The only way to God is Jesus. (John 14:6)
You confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart about His death, burial and resurrection, you will be saved.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Rom. 10:9-10)