to die for

Listen to an expression so often repeated it has perhaps lost some of its meaning:

Jesus   Died   For   Me!

  Of course the sentiment of that statement is widely known and appreciated, but a study of the individual words may yield a deeper understanding.

JESUS: the Son of God; God in the flesh.
DIED: executed; capitally-punished
FOR: of varying definitions…
ME: the sinner who deserved to be executed.

The word “for” carries different usages in the English language.

One can use the word to mean “because of” (as in, “I went to jail for stealing”).
Another usage would be to say “in stead of” (as in, “Will you mail this letter for me”).
The word could also be used to mean “in order to obtain” (as in, “I need you to go to the store for some bread”).

In what way did Jesus die “for” mankind? In every way!

Jesus died “in order to obtain” mankind. By virtue of our sin, we were slaves to Satan, unable to have fellowship with God in our sinful state, and thus unable to break free from the chains that held us. Thankfully, Jesus…

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 6:20

Jesus’ death bought us back (redeemed) from Satan’s possession and freed us from sin’s captivity.

It had to be Jesus. Our own blood could not redeem us…

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1 Peter 1:18-19

His was the only blood that could take care of our sin-stained souls.


Aren’t you thankful that Jesus died for you?
Aren’t you thankful that Jesus died FOR you?