Thinking about the Death of Christ

No doubt many of you have seen or heard about Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. This film graphically tells the story of the suffering Jesus endured during his last twelve hours of life. When Jesus died on the cross, He accomplished many things:
1. He died for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3; Gal. 1:3-5; 1 Pet. 2:24).
2. He purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28). The church is identified in Rev. 5:9,10 with the “kingdom.”
3. He brought both Jews and Gentiles near to himself by his blood (Eph. 2:11-16).
4. He broke down the dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might reconcile both of them in one body to God (Eph. 2:15,16).
5. He became the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1,2).
6. He fulfilled the will of His Father and set an example of suffering with patience (1 Pet. 2:18-25).
7. He demonstrated the depths of the love of God (Rom. 5:6-8).
8. He redeemed us from the futile life of our forefathers (1 Pet. 1:18,19).
I am so thankful He was willing to die for me.

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