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How Christ Rescues Us from Sin, Condemnation, and Death: Romans 5:15-17

Jesus of Nazareth was a man who lived about two thousand years ago. A lot has been said about his life. Many through the centuries have been willing to say that he was a good man who taught people to love each other. For many, his most famous saying is that we should “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” Good words to live by. Ghandi has said, “To me, he was one of the greatest teachers humanity has ever had.”1
But it is not the life of Jesus of Nazareth that is so important. It's his death. And, despite the arguments of Islamic teachers to the contrary, he did die. You may point to supposed inconsistencies in the accounts, but one thing all the gospels writers undeniably agree upon is that he died. This is agreed upon by all ancient historians who address it. For example, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote in his Annals about Christ, that “he was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius.”2 As F. F. Bruce puts it, “For a mo…