WHY? The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer. The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the meaning: God's meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes, in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?
Each of the fifty reasons is allotted two pages of text. First, supporting scripture is given and then there are several paragraphs of explanation. This makes the book especially suited for devotional reading, two or three reasons at a time. Anything more than that might be too much, as there is so much reflect on in each little section.
I'd call Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die an introductory level book--there's nothing difficult in it--and yet I'd say almost everyone will learn a thing of two from it. And who among us doesn't need a reminder of the infinite wisdom of God in the cross of Christ?
This book deals with an important fact of christian faith- the death of Jesus Christ - in order to expose its meaning and consequences to the believers. Piper examines the Scripture’s testimony about it and points its implications in christian life. The chapters are short and the book can easy be read as a devotional (one chapter a day). In this work one can see how profitable is the rule of the analogy of the Scripture (the Scripture explains the Scripture). John Piper succeeds in giving a systematic account of the matter.