This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #19 – Why was it necessary for Christ the Redeemer to die? [NCC Q24]
Powerpoint Pictures: Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Caractacus Potts & Truly Scrumptious
Some of you may have seen the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
In it there is a horrible character called the Child Catcher. He captured children for the Baron of Vulgaria and put them in a dungeon.
Those children who were captured needed to be rescued.
They had no way of escaping.
They needed someone to release them from their captivity so they could enjoy freedom again.
Well, help came in the form of Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious, who with the help of the Toy Maker came up with a plan to free them, which is what they do.
This morning in our Big Question we are going to be think about another rescue of people who are being held captive by sin and death.
With the last few questions we been thinking about who Jesus the Redeemer is – that he is truly human and also truly God – and why he needed to be both – both truly human and truly God.
Our next Big Question is not about who Jesus is but what Jesus does.
In particular his death.
Let’s look at it now.
Q: Why was it necessary for Christ the Redeemer to die?
The reason why Christ had to die was because that was the only way for us to be set free from sin and death.
You see, we all deserve death because of our sin.
Unless that punishment is paid there is no way we can be welcomed and accepted by God.
So we need someone to die for us otherwise we will.
We need someone to die for us otherwise we will remain captive to sin which leads to death.
Well the good news is that:
“For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous that he might bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)
So, why was it necessary for Christ the Redeemer to die?
A: Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.
That’s why Christ had to die.
To help us remember that, let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
Why was it necessary for Christ the Redeemer to die? Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.