Easter 2018 | The WHY of the Cross

We know that Jesus died on a cross for our sins. His death and his resurrection are the most significant events in history. But why did Jesus die? What does his death specifically accomplish for me?

This Week's Action Step: 

Focus on the cross this week. Picture Jesus hanging there in your place. Thank Him for being your sacrifice. Then join us for Good Friday and Easter services as we remember and celebrate what He's done for us.


Small Group

Small Group Questions:

  • This week in your small groups we want you to focus on the cross. Rather than a list of questions, attached you’ll find the complete outline of my sermon with all the scripture references that were used.  Take some time this week in your groups and read through all of the scriptures (have different people read each one, or select a few to read them all).  The group leader can read the heading (for example:  Jesus died as our eternal sacrifice… Atonement) then have someone read the verses that correspond to that heading.  Follow that pattern for each of the 10 points pausing to unpack or discuss them as you see fit. End your time together in prayer thanking Jesus for all that He accomplished for us at the cross.


    Optional… One idea might be to end your time by taking communion together as a small group.  Obviously if you choose to do this you’ll need to prepare by having bread and juice for everyone.  Some groups may choose not to do this if they feel it would be awkward for new people, but some groups may be pretty cohesive and this may be a great way to focus on the cross together during what’s considered “Holy Week.”  


    Have a great small group time.

What did the death of Jesus accomplish for me? 

John 19:16-18 & 28-30

1.  Jesus died as our eternal sacrifice (Atonement)

John 1:29

Hebrews 10:3 & 11-14

2.  Jesus died to take our place (Substitution)

II Cor. 5:21

3.  Jesus died to forgive us (Justification)

Romans 3:23-24

Romans 5:18

4.  Jesus died to bring us back to God (Reconciliation)

Romans 5:10-11

Col. 1:19-20

II Cor. 5:17-19

5.  Jesus died to pay our debt (Ransom)

Mark 10:45

I Cor. 6:20

I Timothy 2:5-6

I Peter 1:18-19

6.  Jesus died to set us free (Redemption)

Exodus 6:6

Galatians 5:1

Eph. 1:7

Col. 1:13-14

7.  Jesus died to crush our enemies (Christus Victor)

John 12:31

John 16:11

Hebrews 2:14-15

I John 3:8

8.  Jesus died to take our wrath (Propitiation)

I John 2:2

I John 4:10

9.  Jesus died to cleanse / purify our filth (Expiation)

I John 1:7-9

10.  Jesus died as our perfect example (Christus Exemplar)

I Peter 2:21


Songs from Today

Spirit Move by Amanda Cook and Kalley Heiligenthal

Faithful To The End by Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, and Paul McClure

Great Are You Lord by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook

What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood

For The Cross by Jenn Johnson, Ian McIntosh, and Gabriel Wilson