Christ Died for Our Sins According to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
1. In these verses Paul referred to the Gospel he had preached in Corinth. 2. Part of his message was that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" (vs.3b). 3. In our lesson we are examining 3 passages from the Old Testament that showed how Jesus would die for our sins. 4. Our study will reinforce the point we made this morning -- "Jesus' death reflects the value of your soul." 5. Let us begin with . . . Discussion: I. A PASSAGE FROM THE LAW OF MOSES (Genesis 3:15)
A. The serpent tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, she ate it, and Adam ate it. B. At this point sin entered the world, and God punished everyone involved. C. As God punished the serpent He foretold what would happen to the woman's seed. 1. He would suffer a temporary wound [His heel would be bruised]. 2. He would also deliver a fatal wound to the serpent by bruising his head. D. In connection with this verse, let us examine Galatians 4:4-5. 1. When the time was right, "God sent forth his Son, made of a woman" (vs.4). 2. (vs.5) By suffering as the woman's seed, Jesus made it possible for us to be redeemed and become God's children. E. Let us next examine . . . II. A PASSAGE FROM THE PROPHETS (Isaiah 53)
A. In this chapter Isaiah wrote about "God's suffering servant." B. We know from Acts 8 that Isaiah wrote about Jesus and His suffering. C. Isaiah emphasized how Jesus would suffer for our sins. D. Through His suffering Jesus would provide some special blessings: spiritual healing, justification, and intercession. E. Isaiah also showed how God would prolong the days of His suffering servant. F. Let us turn our attention to . . . III. A PASSAGE FROM THE PSALMS (Psalm 22)
A. In this psalm David wrote about some difficulties He was facing (vs.1-2). B. David also wrote about Jesus and His suffering (vs.7-8, 13-18). C. David mentioned something that Jesus would do with His followers after He suffered (vs.22; Hebrews 2:9-12). Conclusion:
1. How valuable is your soul? 2. It is so valuable that Jesus died so your soul can be saved.