Jesus Died on the Cross So We Could Live for Him

Why did Jesus Die on the Cross?TITLE: Jesus Died on the Cross So We Could Live for Him


PROPOSITION: Jesus died on the cross so we could live 1) Freely, 2) Faithfully, 3) Factually.

OBJECTIVE: I hope that each will understand that Jesus died so that we can have life both now and in eternity in a free, faithful, and factual way.

AIM: I hope to encourage the listener to be free in Christ, faithful to Christ and factual with Christ.


1. Read: Romans 6:8-10

2. About the Text:

1) Jesus died on the cross, but then he was raised to a new life.

2) Christians die to the old man of sin and are raised to walk in a new life.

3) Jesus died so that we could have a new life.

4) 1 Thess.5:10 – “who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”

5) 2 Corinthians 5:15 – “and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”

6) Of what does that new life consist?

7) How do we characterize it?

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: Jesus died on the cross so that we could live . . .

I.   Freely

1. We have freedom in Christ!

1) “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

2) “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

2. Freedom is not license to sin.

1) “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.” (1 Peter 2:15-16).

2) “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (2 Peter 2:19).

3. We must use our freedom for good!

1) “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

2) “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).

II.  Faithfully

1. He is faithful to us.

1) “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).

2) “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war” (Revelation 19:11).

3) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7).

2. We should be faithful to Him.

1) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22).

2) “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

3. Because He was faithful unto death, we should be too.

1) Revelation 2:10 — “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

2) 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

III. Factually

1. We speak truth to one another.

1) “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25).

2) “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9).

2. We speak the gospel truth.

1) “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).

2) “But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason” (Acts 26:25).

3) “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—” (Ephesians 4:15).

3. We worship in truth.

1) “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).

2) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

3) “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).


1. Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross? So We Could Live for Him lives that are . . .

1) Free

2) Faithful

3) Factual

2. Invitation