Reason #10: Christ Suffered and Died to Provide the Basis for Our Justification
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God” (Romans 5:9 ESV).
“Being justified before God and being forgiven by God are not identical. To be justified in a courtroom is not the same as being forgiven. Being forgiven implies that I am guilty and my crime is not counted. Being justified implies that I have been tried and found innocent. My claim is just. I am vindicated. The judge says, ‘Not guilty.’”
(John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Wheaton: Crossway, 2006] p. 38).
The rest of the above referenced book can be downloaded for free as a PDF. This book makes a great devotional for daily Lenten meditations.