Jesus Undeservedly Takes Our Place

Big Truth:

Jesus Undeservedly Takes Our Place

Isaiah 53:4-6; Romans 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22-24; 3:18; 1 John 4:9-10; Revelation 5:9

Bible Verse:

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

Big Ideas:

  • The only person who can satisfy the righteous requirement for sin is God Himself.
  • Jesus is fully God.
  • Jesus is also fully man.
  • Jesus faced every temptation that we face without sinning.
  • Jesus did not deserve to die in our place, but instead, chose to in order to rescue us and bring glory to God.

Bible Story:

Philemon 1:1-25

Paul sends a letter to Philemon and those gathered together for the sake of Christ requesting that they welcome Onesimus as a brother and not as a slave. Paul offers to pay any debt that Onesimus might owe Philemon and the church there even though Paul did not owe it himself. Jesus pays our sin debt even though He does not owe it.



Thankfully, God does not just leave us in the broken world, but is repairing the brokenness through His Son. From the very beginning of time, God promised He would fix creation, and He kept His promise by sending Jesus to rescue us from our sin. Jesus came to live on the earth and willingly died on the cross so that sin’s power over creation would be broken forever.

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Every child should know that:

  • God sent Jesus to die in our place as our substitute.
  • We need a substitute because we cannot pay our sin debt on our own.

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Every child should:

  • Talk about why we need a substitute and how Jesus is our substitute.

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Every child should feel:

  • Awe at Jesus’s willingness to sacrifice Himself as our substitute.

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Every child should want:

  • To believe in Jesus’s work on their behalf to pay their sin debt.