Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
Why Did He Die?
1 Corinthians 1:18New International Version (NIV)
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
We can never grasp the horror of human sin until we realize it caused the Son of God to be crucified. Not Pilate, not Judas, not the mob—but sin.
The ravages of war and poverty, the wrenching pain of loneliness and rejection, the haunting cry of the orphan and widow, the dying gasps of the world’s starving—these and a thousand other tragedies all bear witness to the fact that we live in world poisoned by sin.
And that is why Jesus died. The terrible, bitter cup of humanity’s sin sent Him to the Cross. Jesus prayed in those last hours, “O, Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). There was no other way. Why did He drink that awful cup? So you and I would not have to.
Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the Cross. Only one force is greater—the Love of God.