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1 Peter 1:18-20


Intro: There is a song the choir sings from time to time that has a first line that asks the following question: "Why did He go to Calvary? Why was Hi life's blood shed for me? Why did He suffer as no one has ever done? There's just one reason, I am the one?" The chorus of that song goes on to tell us that He loves us, and that this is the reason that Jesus suffered what He did on the cross. Certainly, that is a true thought. After all, the Bible clearly says "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.", Romans 5:8. However, we need to understand that this is only one side of a multi-faceted jewel. There are other reasons that came together to make the cross a reality. Peter touches on a few of them in this passage.

This morning, I want to ask and answer the question, "Why Did He Go To Calvary?" I think the main reasons are given in this passage, and I want to share them with you today. As we consider this important passage together, let the Lord speak to your heart. If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, today, you will have that opportunity! If you are saved, you will have a better understanding of why He did what He did for you on the cross. Either way, let's discover, together, the answer to the question, "Why Did He Go To Calvary?"


A. It Was An Old Plan - This verse tells us that what Jesus did "was foreordained before the foundation of the world." Now the word "foreordained" is taken by some to mean "advanced knowledge." In other words, God knew what Jesus would do and approved of His on the cross. The primary meaning of that word is not that of "advanced knowledge", but that of "advanced planning." Not only did God know what Jesus was going to do, but He planned that Jesus would come to this world and die on the cross for the sins of man.

This plan was in the heart of God before sin was ever in the heart of man! Before Adam ever sinned in the Garden, God has already started a plan into action that would culminate in the death of Jesus on the cross, and the reconciliation of lost sinners to God. In fact, as far as God is concerned, Jesus Christ died before the world was ever formed, Rev. 13:8. My friends, that is a picture of pure grace! That God would provide for salvation before there was anyone to save is amazing!

B. It Was The Only Plan - Some people look at the Lord Jesus dying on the cross and they conclude that it must be some sort of terrible mistake. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The cross did not catch the Lord by surprise! He did not have to switch to plan "B" when everything else had failed! He planned for the cross. In fact, this was the only plan He had!

Even before man sinned in Eden, God had planned to provide for their salvation through the death of His Son on the cross. You see, friend, there isn't one plan for Baptists and another for Catholics. There isn't a way for the Methodists and one for the Muslims. There is only one plan and that plan says that lost sinners are saved by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior! Listen to what the Bible says about this matter: John 14:6; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 10:13; John 3:16. The only way you will ever be saved from your sins, delivered from an eternity in Hell and made ready to meet God in Heaven is for you to place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept God's plan.

(Ill. God never planned for men to try and work their way to Heaven, Eph. 2:8-9. God never planned for me to make their own God's and worship them to erase their sins, Isa. 45:22. God never wanted man to be trapped in a wasted life followed by and endless eternity in Hell. That is why He sent His Son to die on the cross! He did it to save man from religion! He did it to save men from the futility of false gods. He did it to deliver lost people from the flames of Hell. He did it for you! Remember, God has but one plan and if you expect to make it to Heaven, you will go His way, or you will not go at all!)

Why did He go to Calvary? To Finish A Plan


A. A Ransom Payment- When Jesus died on the cross, He was paying a debt He did not owe for those who owed a debt they could not pay. Man had sinned against the Lord and was sold under sin! The only way they could be delivered was for a ransom price to be paid for them.

The only way to understand this is to look at it from God's point of view. When He made man, He made him innocent and placed him in a beautiful garden, where is every need was supplied. The only restriction God placed upon man was to refrain from eating on the tree of the knowledge of good and of evil. God told the man that the day he ate of that tree, he would die, Gen. 2:15-17. This meant that man would eventually die physically and his body would return to the earth. He would ultimately die eternally and be sent to Hell to spent eternity paying for his sin against God. However, it also meant that man would die immediately in a spiritual sense and be separated from God, Isa. 59:2; Eph. 2:1-3. When Adam did eat of the forbidden tree, Gen. 3:1-24, man died just as God had said that he would.

What man needed was a Savior. Someone Who could pay the debt of sin owed to God and set things right again. This is just what Jesus did when He died on the cross. He paid the debt that Adam incurred when he sinned in the Garden of Eden. He also paid the debt that every one of us owes to God, if we will only receive Him by faith.

When Jesus died on the cross, His blood cancelled your debt, if you will only believe in Him. This is the theme of the Bible! This is the what the Word of God teaches. Salvation does not come through worldly things like "silver and gold" and worthless religious activity and ritual, v. 18! It comes only through the precious shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!

(Note: Heb. 9:12-14; 24-28; 10:11-14; Col. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:7; 2:11-22; Rev. 1:5. This scarlet thread that courses its way from Genesis to Revelation tells us of a great God's love for sinners, and of a Savior's willingness to die in our place! This is the thought that prompted the songwriter to ask, "What can wash away my sins?" And then to answer with the voice of triumphant faith, "Nothing but the blood of Jesus!" "What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow! No other fount I know nothing but the blood of Jesus!")

B. A Redemption Payment - Verses18 and 19 tell us that the blood of Jesus brings the believer into a state of redemption. This is a word that comes to us from the ancient slave trade. It means "To buy a slave in the market place from off of the slave block and to forever deliver that one from his bondage." In other words, when Jesus died on the cross, He provided the means whereby lost, hell bound sinners trapped in the futility of their wasted lives and who are headed to a Godless, Christless eternity might be forever set free from their bondage and delivered from their torment! That is what redemption is all about!

I bless His name that He came to set the sinner free! He came to pay the price that we could not pay. He came to break from our lives the chains of sin that bind us and to set us free. He came to do for us that which we could never do for ourselves: He came to save us from our sins and set us free to serve the living God. He came to change our Descriptions; our Directions; our Devotions and our Destinations. He came to redeem the lost back to God, Eph. 2:4-10!

(Note: When we are in Jesus, we are free from the dominion of sin, Rom. 6:14. We are free from the law of death that daily decimates the human race, John 5:25. We are free from the wrath of God and from eternal condemnation in Hell, Rom. 8:1. We are free to live for God and to serve Him in the beauty of holiness. Friend, if you have never been saved, you might think you are free. But, you have never tasted freedom until you have experienced that which Jesus gives, John 8:36.)

C. A Reasonable Payment - One may wonder why Jesus had to go to the cross. The answer lies in the fact that a holy God had been offended by the sins of man. The only thing that could set the record straight and clear the books of evil was the death of the Lamb of God on the cross. The innocent had to take the place of the guilty, 2 Cor. 5:21. Since the first animal was slain the Old Testament this had always been God's method for dealing with sin. However, not a single sin had been purged by the blood of those millions of animals that were killed. Sin had merely been dealt with for the moment. Yet, when Jesus came and died on the cross, His blood did what the blood of all those animals could never do, it took away sin forever, John 1:29; Heb. 9:9-14.

All people are sinners, Rom. 3:10; 23, and God is a holy God Who must deal justly with the sins of man. This means that every person born into this world is born under the condemnation of His wrath and is headed to Hell, Rom. 6:23. However, when Jesus entered this world and died on the cross, He forever satisfied the righteous demands of God and opened the way of salvation for those lost without Him, 1 John 2:2; Isa. 53:11.

(Note: We should all thank God for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We should thank God that made a way for our sins to be forever put away. That He made a way that we could be saved. That He did what we could have never done!

There was a payment to furnish. Jesus did that and now lost sinners can be saved. Have you placed your faith in the sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary? There is no other hope nor method of salvation available for your soul, but that which is offered by God through the shed blood of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why did He go to Calvary? To Furnish A Payment


(Ill. These verses make it clear that Jesus came to redeem people from their bondage in sin. Verse 20 plainly says that He was manifest "for you." He same to set you free. Free from what you may ask. Free from all things that bind you, so that you night be free to serve Him fully. In fact, if you are not saved, you are far more bound than you can ever imagine! These verses mention two things that bind the sinner, from which Jesus came to set us free.)

A. From An Empty Existence - Notice the mention of "vain conversation" in verse 18. The word "conversation" refers to one's "method of life, or his behavior in life." The Word "vain" means "empty." Peter says that those who are outside of a relationship with Jesus are living empty lives. In other words, they are just spinning their wheels and wasting their time. All their planning, working, getting, giving, doing, hoping, and waiting will come to nothing! The quest for popularity, comfort, pleasure, recreation and satisfaction will surely fail. The life lived without Jesus is a totally wasted life. Regardless of what is accomplished or what is obtained as one passes through this world, in the end, it all amounts to nothing and still ends in Hell. What a terrible way to live and die! This is the thought that is expressed in Mark 8:36-37.

On the other hand, Jesus came that men might have life and have it more abundantly, John 10:10. He came to give meaning to life. He came to make you work worthwhile. He came to insure that your life would matter even after you leave this world. He came to help you find direction and fulfilment in this life and contentment in His presence in the next.

You see, the devil promises people happiness, contentment and fulfillment if they will do things his way. He is a liar! All Satan's apples have worms! Friend, you need to beware of the traps he lays for you along the path of life! He promises the moon and can deliver nothing but death and destruction! He is never to be trusted.

Jesus, on the other hand, promises happiness and contentment, peace and joy, fulfillment and meaning. And, He has the power to deliver them all, Rom. 4:21!

If you follow the devil, you will end you life with nothing but regrets. If you follow Jesus, you will end you life with nothing but thanksgiving. Don't just live your life and accomplish nothing! Live for Jesus and watch Him make you life count for the glory of God. That's why He died on the cross!

B. From An Endless Eternity - While Jesus died to make life more meaningful, He also died to make eternity more pleasant. The only remedy for those who leave this world in their sins is for them to be sent to Hell, Psa. 9:17; 2 Thes. 1:8-9; Luke 16:19-31. Friend, that is a place that even the devil doesn't want to go to! Yet, it is the very place you will spend eternity if your refuse God's offer of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Hell is a place of pain, misery, torment, regret, memory, thirst, separation, loneliness, unending suffering and terrible anguish. The Bible says that it is a place where there will be "there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.", Matt. 8:12. Yet, the Bible also tells us that hell was never intended to be populated with humans, Matt. 25:41. However, don't let that cause you to think for a minute that He will not send you there if you die in your sins! That is His remedy and that is your destiny if you are lost.

Jesus came to change all that! Here is His promise to those who believe in Him, John 10:28. He promises them that they will "never perish." They can rest assured that they will never feel the flames of Hell, but that when they leave this world, they will spend eternity in the very presence of God, Rev. 22:4, 2 Cor. 5:1-8. In a place prepared specifically for them, John 14:1-3. He went to the cross so that sinners might be saved from their sins, from Hell and from the wrath of God. He also died there so that we might be made worthy to enter into His Heaven some day! Think of that land and all of its glories, Rev. 21:1-28! That is my home and I am headed there. Not because I am worthy, but because He went to the cross to make me ready for that place. All I did was go to Him when He called! That is all you have to do as well, Acts 16:31; John 6:37-40.

Conc: Why did He go to Calvary? He went for God, He went for Himself and He went for You. He went so that everything might change for you and that you might be saved. All that I have said comes down to this statement and the following question: He went to Calvary for you back then! Will you come to Him right now? If you will, He will wash away your sins, change your life, prepare you a home in Heaven and take you there when you die. One day, His offer of grace will no longer be available. Will you come while the door of salvation is still open? Will you come while He calls you right now?

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