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WHAT IS THIS? 

Good Friday is the day each year that Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus was crucified. But why? Why do Christians celebrate such a horrific death? The reasons are many, but the main point is this:

On the cross, Jesus traded places with us.

If our faith is in Jesus and what He’s done, all of our sin went to him and all of his righteousness came to us. When he cried out “it is finished” he meant it. He accomplished our eternal salvation through the power of his cross and he’s coming back to make all things new by the power of his resurrection. That’s the good news. February 24th is 50 days prior to Good Friday (April 14th). John Piper has written a small book titled 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die and has made it available to all for free in PDF format. So that leads us to this:

We want to invite you to join in with us in reading one chapter of this book every day leading up to Good Friday. We’re calling this 50 Days of 50 Reasons (#50Days50Reasons).

Each chapter is only about 2 pages in length, so it’s a quick and easy read. Though each day’s readings are relatively short I can guarantee you that each chapter is packed full of gospel truths. I believe this will help you dive deep into what Jesus accomplished for us, and I believe, if you join with us in reading, your joy will skyrocket! You can get your hands on 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die in a HARD COPY herebuy it on KINDLE here, download a PDF for free here, or you read online by following the links below. If you decide to be a part of 50 Days of 50 Reasons, be sure and share what you’re reading on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter by using the hashtag #50Days50Reasons.

In Christ alone,
Pastor Brett Baggett

DAILY READING

(CLICK ON WHICH CHAPTER/DAY YOU WANT TO READ)

1 To Absorb the Wrath of God (February 24th)

2 To Please His Heavenly Father (February 25th)

3 To Learn Obedience and Be Perfected (February 26th)

4 To Achieve His Own Resurrection from the Dead (February 27th)

5 To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners (February 28th)

6 To Show His Own Love for Us (March 1st)

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7 To Cancel the Legal Demands of the Law Against Us (March 2nd)

8 To Become a Ransom for Many (March 3rd)

9 For the Forgiveness of Our Sins (March 4th)

10 To Provide the Basis for Our Justification (March 5th)

11 To Complete the Obedience That Becomes Our Righteousness (March 6th)

12 To Take Away Our Condemnation (March 7th)

13 To Abolish Circumcision and All Rituals as the Basis of Salvation (March 8th)

14 To Bring Us to Faith and Keep Us Faithful (March 9th)

15 To Make Us Holy, Blameless, and Perfect (March 10th)

16 To Give Us a Clear Conscience (March 11th)

17 To Obtain for Us All Things That Are Good for Us (March 12th)

18 To Heal Us from Moral and Physical Sickness (March 13th)

19 To Give Eternal Life to All Who Believe on Him (March 14th)

20 To Deliver Us from the Present Evil Age (March 15th)

21 To Reconcile Us to God (March 16th)

22 To Bring Us to God (March 17th)

23 So That We Might Belong to Him (March 18th)

24 To Give Us Confident Access to the Holiest Place (March 19th)

25 To Become for Us the Place Where We Meet God (March 20th)

26 To Bring the Old Testament Priesthood to an End and Become the Eternal High Priest (March 21st)

27 To Become a Sympathetic and Helpful Priest (March 22nd)

28 To Free Us from the Futility of Our Ancestry (March 23rd)

29 To Free Us from the Slavery of Sin (March 24th)

30 That We Might Die to Sin and Live to Righteousness (March 25th)

31 So That We Would Die to the Law and Bear Fruit for God (March 26th)

32 To Enable Us to Live for Christ and Not Ourselves (March 27th)

33 To Make His Cross the Ground of All Our Boasting (March 28th)

34 To Enable Us to Live by Faith in Him (March 29th)

35 To Give Marriage Its Deepest Meaning (March 30th)

36 To Create a People Passionate for Good Works (March 31st)

37 To Call Us to Follow His Example of Lowliness and Costly Love (April 1st)

38 To Create a Band of Crucified Followers (April 2nd)

39 To Free Us from Bondage to the Fear of Death (April 3rd)

40 So That We Would Be with Him Immediately After Death (April 4th)

41 To Secure Our Resurrection from the Dead (April 5th)

42 To Disarm the Rulers and Authorities (April 6th)

43 To Unleash the Power of God in the Gospel (April 7th)

44 To Destroy the Hostility Between Races (April 8th)

45 To Ransom People from Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation (April 9th)

46 To Gather All His Sheep from Around the World (April 10th)

47 To Rescue Us from Final Judgment (April 11th)

48 To Gain His Joy and Ours (April 12th)

49 So That He Would Be Crowned with Glory and Honor (April 13th)

50 To Show That the Worst Evil Is Meant by God for Good (April 14th)

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*This is taken from John Piper’s book “The Passion of Jesus Christ,” which was later released under the name “50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.” Please visit Desiring God’s Website for more gospel-centered resources from John Piper.