Last night, my wife and I started going through John Piper’s Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die. The main reason why I thought this book was worth reading, thinking about and discussing is that it focuses on the implications of the gospel. When we hear the word “gospel” we probably tend to think of the good news that God has graciously, mercifully and lovingly reconciled sinners to Himself through Jesus Christ sparing us from His eternal wrath. We are right to think and rejoice over these truths. However, there is much more to the death of Christ than our justification. In other words, there is more to our salvation than our positional standing before God. There are practical results that flow from the Cross of Christ that are meant to be demonstrated in the life of each believer. In other words, the gospel is not only the power for salvation, but also for sanctification. There is much more involved in the death of Christ than we often think of and Piper’s desire is to help us grasp that in these 2-3 page chapters. In his own words, Piper said,
“I have gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons why Jesus came to die. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes. Infinitely more important than who killed Jesus is the question: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?” (17).
That last sentence is the focus of the book.
I also think this book is fitting to read considering that the holiday season is near, which always poses the temptation to get us caught up into its commercialization and materialism traps. It’s battle reading. It’s also reading designed to increase our affections for our Savior as we consider the bounty of His work.
My aim is to provide thoughts about each chapter as they’re read.
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Grace & Peace,