It wasn’t me, but God’s love for me.

Telling someone that their sins caused Jesus to die on the cross is the wrong way to preach the gospel because that would be a lie. The love of God caused Jesus to die on the cross. It’s no good news to hear that my sins caused Jesus to die on the cross. It sinks me into guilt rather than joy because my sins then would become the central issue of the statement.
Instead, telling me that Jesus died for my sins speaks good news to me because it speaks sacrifice on my behalf, the way for me to be reconciled to God. It speaks the love of God for me, and the love of Jesus for me, and the love of God for Jesus. It speaks redemption to me.
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”” (John 10:17-18)
I didn’t cause Jesus to die. But the love for His Father and for me caused him to die for me.
“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8-11)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  (John 10:11)

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