If you asked most people, Why did Jesus die on the cross, they would say something like so we could get forgiven and go to heaven after our death. Surprisingly, Peter referred to that event, but stated he took our sins for a different reason – one which is very foreign in our day!
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Pet 2:24)
Again, Peter stated Jesus died on the cross so:
- we might die to sin
- live for righteousness
Dear reader, is that what you are doing? Have you died to sin? Are you living for righteousness NOW? Notice what Paul wrote:
[Jesus Christ] who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)
Similar to Peter, Paul stated Jesus died on the cross for us (gave himself for us) to:
- redeem us from all wickedness
- purify for himself people who are eager to do what is good
Both Peter and Paul shed precious light on the cross, which is foreign in our day. Furthermore, both of them declared that Jesus redeemed us with no help from anyone else. That fact is significant for Catholics, who have been incorrectly taught that Mary is co-redeemer with Jesus! We remain in a widespread spiritual apostasy.