Why Christ Died
A Sermon on Romans 10:9-10
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (ESV)
What does it mean to be a Christian? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks to Romans 10:9-10. Here we find that central to the Christian faith is the belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is these doctrines that form the heart of the Christian faith and our salvation. Why is it these doctrines of the death and resurrection that are essential to the faith? It is because only by Jesus becoming a man and dying for the sins of fallen and rebellious men that God forgives sinners? Jesus came to this earth in the form of servant in order to die. What about the resurrection? The resurrection declared not only that Christ had died for sinners, but it declared His victory over death, sin, and Satan. We have a living Savior who, after atoning for sin, ascended into heaven where He now rules over the whole earth and from where He will come to judge the living and the dead. This great truth of God in the flesh dying for sinners and rising in victory is not inconsequential for our lives, but it is the most important part.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.