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Welcome to the FAQ for module 9—death. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1. Why is Jesus’ death so important?
Because the death of Jesus is the very centrepiece of the Christian faith.
Q 2. Why did God plan Jesus’ death before the world began?
God’s plan of Jesus’ death before the world began shows two things:
- Jesus’ death was no accident; it was central to God’s eternal plan. It was not an afterthought (as if it were God’s ‘fix-up-quick’ idea).
- God loves us so much, he planned the way to save us from sin before we even sinned (see Q 3 below).
Q 3. Does God really love sinful people?
Yes—and not reluctantly or hesitatingly! God is an enthusiastic, generous lover of sinners! We can see God’s love for sinners because before we had ever sinned (before we had even thought of sinning!), God knew we would sin and loved us so much he planned our rescue before he ever created the world!
Q 4. How could a loving God plan to punish his innocent Son with crucifixion?
The question assumes that the Bible’s story involves three separate entities: a Holy God, a world of rebellious sinners and an innocent Jesus. The answer to the question is found in the mystery of the Trinity.
Q 5. What was the ransom price that Jesus paid?
The Bible talks about three kinds of death that come as a result of sin: spiritual, physical and eternal death. Jesus suffered all three kinds of death on the cross when he paid the ransom price for sin.
Q 6. Did Jesus really pay the ransom price for all sin, for all people, for all time?
Q 7. If Jesus died for every single person, does that mean that every single person is saved?
It’s a wonderful reality that God loves each individual person so much that he gave his Son Jesus to die for them. Such love has never been heard of before!
But the sobering reality is that each person must individually and personally embrace what Jesus has done for them.
Q 8. Why did Jesus speak of his death as a ransom payment?
Because Jesus came to fix the problem of sin, and sin had a price tag attached to it—‘death’.
Q 9. To whom did Jesus pay the ransom?
Q: Can the weather presenter predict the future? Part 2
In the previous module we looked at some prophesies (predictions) that the Bible made about the Messiah’s life. In this module, we look at some prophesies about his suffering and death.