As we move into our  third week of the Alpha sermon series, we are examining the question: ‘Why did Jesus die?’ This is a question that has haunted Christians for centuries.  We know that God, who created us, is holy, loving and just, but the world is full of terrible sin and evil.  In fact, we all sin, in many ways, both big and small, and then we read, in Romans 6, that the wages of sin – any sin – is death.  Thankfully, God has given us the gift of eternal life.  But how did we receive this gift?  Back in the Old Testament times, one who sought forgiveness for their sins offered, as a substitute, a pure sacrifice – a lamb, a dove – to take on their sins and allow them to receive forgiveness.  In New Testament, only one person was completely pure enough to be a sacrifice for all our sins.  Christ died as our substitute, expressing the true love of God, and therefore satisfied the justice of God.  In other words, he died so we don’t have to.

Based on Luke 15:3-10, Romans 6:23 and Romans 5:6-11.