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Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Kindle Edition]

John Piper
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The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.

The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?

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About the Author

John Piper is Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has authored numerous best-selling books, including his classic Desiring God and Crossway's Don't Waste Your Life, A Hunger for God, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, and God's Passion for His Glory, which won an ECPA Gold Medallion.

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  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 158134788X
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (January 27, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017JWL8M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take up and read February 16, 2004
By Patrick
In light of the recent Christian and secular excitement over Mel Gibson's movie, John Piper has responded in a small book (129 pages) entitled, "The Passion of Jesus Christ."
The goal of this book was to answer the many questions of people who may have seen Gibson's movie and/or have been contemplating the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
"My aim is to let the Bible speak. This is where we hear the Word of God. I hope that these [scripture] pointers will set you on an endless quest to know more and more of God's great design in the death of his Son." (pg. 12)
The violence and enormity of Christ's death will eventually lead one to ask the question, "why did he have to suffer so much?" This is the very question that Piper aims to answer.
However, it must be noted that Piper qualifies this question by saying that instead of answering the <i>cause</i> of why Christ suffered and died, we must see the <i>purpose</i> to His suffering and death. In his own words he says, "when all is said and done, the most crucial question is: Why? Why did Christ suffer and die? Not why in the sense of cause, but why in the sense of purpose. What did Christ achieve by his passion? Why did he have to suffer so much? What great thing was happening on Calvary for the world? " (pg. 17)
The remainder of the book is 50 purposes to why Christ suffered and died. These purposes are masterfully expounded from the Scriptures. He gives the reader a doctrinally sound theological answer to many questions that believers and unbelievers may ask regarding the death and suffering of Jesus Christ.
This book is no mere tract, but a thought provoking defense of the great doctrines of the Christian faith.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PROVIDES THE NECESSARY CONTEXT FOR THE MOVIE February 27, 2004
By A Customer
What the MOVIE "The Passion Of The Christ" LACKS is CONTEXT. "WHY?" is what many have asked after seeing the film. This book explains the "why" of the suffering and death of Jesus. It provides the Biblical-theological CONTEXT necessary to understand the passion of Jesus Christ. You may not like and/or agree with what Piper writes, but to argue with the book, you're going to have to argue with the Bible. He's simply exposing what's in the Bible and taking it at face value. The chapters are brief (2 pages), to the point, and well-written. In fact, it's the best brief treatment of the "why" of Jesus' death ever written. See the movie, then read the book, and it will at least provide and explanatory "frame" for what you've seen. A VERY good book!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for devotions or group study April 3, 2006
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die has almost that many reasons why you should read it. This multi-purpose book grabs your attention from the moment you open it. Quoting from Isaiah 53, John Piper dedicates this book to Jesus Christ. Immediately demanding thought with an introduction that knocks you off your balance and sets you into God's balances, Piper opens his subject by looking at Christ and at Christians' sin, including an apology for the heinous way many Christians have acted through the centuries. His aim is to answer "the most crucial question...Why did Jesus come to die? Not why in the sense of cause, but why in the sense of purpose...What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?" (17)

Each of the fifty reasons covers only 2 or 3 pages. But each of those reasons and their Scripture proofs are guaranteed to make a Christian sweat, apologize, marvel, and pray. You will find familiar and not so familiar reasons herein. Just a few include: To Absorb the Wrath of God; For the Forgiveness of Our Sins; To Bring Us to Faith and Keep Us Faithful; To Heal Us from Moral and Physical Sickness; To Free Us from Slavery; To Give Marriage Its Deepest Meaning; To Free Us from the Fear of Death; To Disarm Rulers and Authorities; To Destroy the Hostility Between Races; and To Show That the Worst Evil Is Meant by God for Good.

Closing materials include a valuable bibliography of books about the historical reliability of the Bible. Prolific Christian author, Piper has poured his heart into this book, using his winsome, straightforward style to once again turn a spotlight on his Lord. Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die is a wonderful book for private devotions, but its uses don't stop there.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What does it mean that Jesus died on the cross? March 5, 2004
Before this, it was easy to say "Jesus died on the cross" without having any real knowledge of what that means. So what DOES it mean? Well, 50 things, at least. John Piper has organized and expounded Biblical truths regarding the death of Christ in a readable, easy to understand format. While the movie "The Passion" primarily focuses on physically what that death meant to Jesus, the book goes into what it means for US. The book explains many things I had not understood or thought of before though I have been a Christian for years, yet it also covers the basics for non-Christians who may read it. Read this book and you will never be able to flippantly say "Jesus died on the cross" again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.. John Piper is a great author
Very good..John Piper is a great author.
Published 15 days ago by K. J.
3.0 out of 5 stars The packing & mailing was great.
As a book it was ok. The packing & mailing was great.
Published 3 months ago by William F Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Love it!! Easy small bites to eat slowly and savor. Very impactful.
Published 3 months ago by J.Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to read one each day as part of my devotions.
Published 3 months ago by Linda in Waxhaw
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend it.
I really like this book. Each of the "fifty reasons" given is a chapter and each chapter is two pages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KP@Acts2:38
1.0 out of 5 stars 50 reasons Piper thinks wrath against an innocent son would be just
"The Passion of Jesus Christ" is a thin book that gives John Piper's 50 reasons that Jesus suffered and died. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Hakkeem
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer for new Christians in understanding all that Christ ...
Great primer for new Christians in understanding all that Christ accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection. I've read through this book twice as a devotional. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. N.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real blessing
I'm very glad for the opportunity to read this book. It has been a very real blessing and encouragement for me to continue to fix my eyes on Jesus. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Slabaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars very accurate
It is scripturally accurate and sound. This book can be very helpful in sharing the gospel with people that has any questions about Christ.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book makes Jesus so real, and what He did so critical to me. I use it for me bible study.
Published 9 months ago by Pat
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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