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Remembering the Reason Jesus Suffered | ITC4

Remembering the Reason Jesus Suffered | ITC4

Welcome to Episode 4 of the In the City Podcast with Dr. Jonathan G. Smith. In this week’s episode, Jonathan links the suffering of Jesus Christ to the Christian idea of holiness. He concludes that “holiness is the realization of how sinful you really are and the recognition of how forgiving God really is.”

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This Episode’s Topic: Holiness

Why did Jesus suffer such a terrible death? To answer this question, you first must realize his purpose — to make a way for people to stand in the holiness of God.
Holy Week is a time when historically the church set aside a time to remember the suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this episode, the question of the purpose of Christ’s suffering is raised.

In 2004, actor and director Mel Gibson released a movie titled “The Passion of the Christ.” The story took place during the final days of Jesus life, graphically displaying the horrific abuse and his tortuous death by Roman crucifixion. Under Gibson’s direction, the movie tried to present in vivid detail the circumstances of Jesus final hours.
This episode builds upon Gibson’s imagery that the underlying reason for Jesus enduring this atrocity was to fulfill the need for a propitiatory sacrifice to make you and I holy.
Holiness can be understood in three ways:

What You’ll Discover

  • How the bible presents holiness as a command, Leviticus 19:2 , 1 Peter 1:15–16
  • Why God’s declaration of holiness is critical to freedom, Romans 5:1, Romans 5:6
  • How your membership into God’s family is a function of holiness, Ephesians 1:4

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Show Notes: Remembering the Reason Jesus Suffered

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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