Who did Jesus die for?
The day Jesus was brought by the crowds, influenced by the religious leaders, to have Him crucified, Pilate examined Him and found Him faultless. Every year at Passover, Pilate would release a criminal for the crowds. He asked them if they wanted him to release the holy man Jesus or a common criminal named Barabbas. They chose Barabbas and had Jesus crucified.
This holy Jesus took the sinner’s place and died in his stead. He took Barabbas’ place and paid for his sin with His life. Jesus died for the individual sinner.
We all have sinned. When God told Israel to celebrate the Passover, He told them to kill a spotless lamb as a sacrifice for their sin. A lamb for each family.
Jesus died for the family. God didn’t just save you for you, He wants your whole family. We are promised by the New Testament that God will save us and our family. You have the right to stand for every member of your household to be saved.
As the Sanhedrin, the Jewish counsel, was talking about what to do with Jesus, the high priest said something profound. “It is better that one man die for the nation than for the whole nation of Israel to perish.” He was not a spiritual man, but being high priest, He spoke prophetically by the Spirit of God.
Jesus died for nations. There will come a day when God will separate the nations in judgement: the sheep on His right side and the goats on His left side. His desire is for nations to own Him as their Savior and be a glory to Him in all the earth.
We know Israel, according to God, has been a rebellious nation from the beginning, but God made promises to that nation and God is not through. Because of His amazing grace, Israel will yet be saved, and the promises fulfilled.
I believe the United States of America was ordained by God. We have strayed, but I don’t believe God is finished with us yet. Revival is coming.
Jesus died for the individual person. And the family. And the nation. And, most wonderfully, we are not through. Jesus died for the world.
The most famous verse in the Bible is the Gospel in miniature. It tells the whole story: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16.
Jesus tasted death for every man and woman, every boy and girl, on the face of the earth. Whosoever will can come and drink of the fountain of living water.
Some have proclaimed the idea that God chose some special people to go to Heaven and the rest to go to Hell. The Bible tells us that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Jesus said, “Those who come to me I will in no wise cast out.”