Why Jesus? – Part One

This month on Coffee with the King, we’re departing from our usual format of working through one book of the Bible, to ask this Jeopardy-style question of the whole Bible:

If Jesus is the answer, what was the question?

Or to put it even more simply, so that we can fit it into the title of these posts without squishing the font-size too much: Why Jesus?

Now the simple answer (that you might have learned in Sunday School) is: to save us from our sins. Or to expand it a bit: Jesus became one of us so he could die in our place (taking the punishment for our sins) and be raised to new life (so that we can experience a taste of that new life now, and one day live forever in the presence of God). And that’s perfectly true. As the Apostle Paul says:

Rom 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

The problem with the simple answer is that there’s more to it than just that. Jesus’ death in our place – and his subsequent resurrection – are central to the story. Without them, we have no story. But they’re not the whole story. Continue reading