Free Download of Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
In this book, John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons behind the crucifixion of the Christ:
The most important question of the twenty-first century is: Why did Jesus Christ suffer so much? But we will never see this importance if we fail to go beyond human cause. The ultimate answer to the question, Who crucified Jesus? is: God did. It is a staggering thought. Jesus was his Son. And the suffering was unsurpassed. But the whole message... Continue Reading
My Daughter's Cancer, the Book of Job, and God's Mercy
“Your daughter has cancer.”
Those words still sting lemon juice on a paper cut. Tonight as I put Jada (six years old) to bed I asked her if she knew anyone who loved the Lord but still experienced pain and sorrow. Her reply? “Me and Jesus, Daddy. Except Jesus’ sorrow was badder than mine because he took all my sin and died.”
It appears the recent reading of Job and subsequent discussion has had its impact. Here is just one lesson God saw fit to reveal to her... Continue Reading
"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"
A sonnet by Don Carson on Matthew 27:45-46—
The darkness fought, compelled the sun to flee,
And like a conquering army swiftly trod
Across the land, blind fear this despot’s rod.
The noon-day dark illumined tyranny.
Still worse, abandonment by Deity
Brought black despair more deadly than the blood
That ran off with his life. “My God, my God,”
Cried Jesus, “why have you forsaken me?”
The silence thundered. Heaven’s quiet reigned
Supreme, a shocking, deafening,... Continue Reading
The Father's Cup: A Crucifixion Narrative
To help us feel the weight of Calvary, Rick Gamache has written an imaginative narrative of Jesus' final hour.
We encourage you to listen to the 23 minute audio of Rick reading "The Father's Cup: A Crucifixion Narrative."
Could My Tears Forever Flow
“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him” (John 19:16-18).
One astonishing thing about the Gospel accounts of the death of Jesus is that they include almost no detail. They all simply say some form of “they crucified him.”1
Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday
On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Here’s the summary of my answer.
My devotion to the truth that God magnifies himself in all that he does has been increasingly refined in a Christ-centered direction. I have been driven in this direction by a cluster of insights.
1. The apex of God’s display of his own glory is the display of his grace.
“God predestined . . . according to the... Continue Reading
Augustine on God's Love, Wrath, and the Cross
How (and when) does God’s love for us relate to Christ’s death on the cross?
God’s love is incomprehensible and unchangeable. For it was not after we were reconciled to him through the blood of his Son that he began to love us. Rather, he has loved us before the world was created, that we also might be his sons along with his only-begotten Son—before we became anything at all.
The fact that we were reconciled through Christ’s death must not be understood... Continue Reading
Salt, Suffering, and Satisfaction
Try this interpretation of what it means for Christians to be salt.
I suggest that being salty as a Christian means at root being so profoundly satisfied by Christ as our eternal reward, we are freed from fear and greed for the sacrifices of love, while rejoicing at persecution.
Let’s see if that works in three texts.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for... Continue Reading
Packer on the Cross and Christ’s Love
Luther gazed at Christ’s cross with steady joy and gloried in the fact that whoever trusts Christ can be assured of his love. He once wrote to a troubled friend, “Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, ‘Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not.’” There has been an exchange, a great and... Continue Reading