When we preach the gospel of Christ, we are preaching the good news of Christ. That good news as described by Paul is, “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Why did Christ die? He “died for our sins”.
1. It was God’s eternal purpose
The death of Christ was not an after-thought with God. It was not some emergency plan, but was in God’s eternal purpose. Acts 2:23 states, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.”
2. To fulfill the Scriptures.
Christ died to fulfill the Scriptures, as they were related to him. When they came to arrest Jesus he said, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” Jesus did not come to ignore the scriptures but to fulfill them (Mt. 5:17-18; Lk. 24:44-47).
3. To abolish the Old Law and to establish the New Law – The New Testament.
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Heb. 10:9-10). His last will and testament came into force after his death (Heb. 9:15-17).
4. To reconcile us to God.
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight (Col. 1:21-22).
5. He died to prove God’s love.
The death of Christ for us was a proof of God’s great love for us. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).
6. Christ died for the church.
The church of Christ is important. The purchase price for the church was the blood of Christ which he shed on the cross. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:28). Please note that our Lord adds the saved to the church. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost….Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls….Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:38, 41, 47).
7. Christ died for remission of our sins.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3). His blood was shed “for the remission of sins” (Mt. 26:28). In order to receive remission of sins, the sinner must hear, believe in Christ, repent of sins, confess his faith in Christ and be baptized. (Heart of lesson from an article by Gus Nichols)