Q24: Why was it Necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to Die?

New City Catechism: Question 24


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., answers the question, "Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die? 


Colossians 1:21-22 (ESV)

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question twenty-four with the following answer: since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By His substitutionary atoning death, He alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.


Mark said Jesus died so we could live. He paid the price of our sin so we could be reunited with God and have everlasting life. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Jesus suffered and died to fulfill the Father’s will. God willed Jesus to death in order to provide a way for humanity to return to Him. Through Jesus’ death, we find hope, redemption, and freedom.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Colossians 1:21–22. Take a moment to reflect on Jesus’ death. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of Jesus’ death, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Colossians 1:21–22. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you remember Jesus’ death.



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