Why The Cross? A Crime to be Punished

Pastor David continues through his Easter series titled Why the Cross? Join us in-person or online beginning at 10:30 am!

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  • A broken relationship that must be restored.

JESUS = OUR _______________________

  • A debt that must be paid.

JESUS = OUR _______________________

  • A bondage that must be broken.

JESUS = OUR _______________________

  • A crime that must be punished.

JESUS = OUR _______________________

JUSTICE = the maintenance of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments

JUST = conforming to a standard of correctness; in conformity with what is morally upright or good; that which is legally correct

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is He who saves us (Isaiah 33:22)

I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore, be holy, because I am holy.  (Leviticus 11:45)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Q: How can a guilty sinner (criminal) be justified                        before a holy God?

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.                  (II Corinthians 5:21)

1. “GOD” GOD, THE ________________

“…Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”     (Isaiah 6:3b)

“Exalt the Lord our God  and worship at his holy mountain,  for the Lord our God is holy.” (Psalm 9:9)


The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. (Ps.14:2-3)

3. “HIM” _______________

This High Priest of ours (Jesus) understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.”  (Hebrews 4:15)

Transaction #1

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us… (II Cor.5:21a)

Transaction #2

…so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  (II Cor.  5:21b)

JUSTIFICATION = the act of declaring or making someone or something righteous in the sight of God

Digging Deeper

Q1: What are some of your favourite Easter memories…traditions? Explain.

Q2: It is easy to play the “comparison game” when it comes to other people.  Give some examples of how we “play” that “game”.  Why is comparison often not a helpful activity?

Q3: Read John 3:1-16.  What was Jesus’ response to Nicodemus’ attempt to touch the ceiling of God’s righteousness?  What is the one thing that Jesus said is required for a person to become part of the Kingdom of God? (see v.3) What is the means by which we enter that Kingdom? (see v.16)

Q4: Has anybody ever taken the blame or the rap for you?  If so, explain what happened and how you felt in that situation?

Q5: In light of Jesus bearing the punishment for your sins, what kind or response should that generate in your life?