What of God’s timing for Jesus?
Part 6 – So why was Jesus really crucified?
Not for God
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. This does not mean that God required the sacrifice of Jesus. It was not God who required it, but man.
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Part 5 – The Law
In Part 4, we found out that God never required sacrifices from his people, even in Old Testament times. Today, I have one more surprise in store for you.
The Mosaic Law, starting with the Ten Commandments, was not God’s original plan
Part 4 – Sacrifices and Blood—for who’s pleasure?
When many of us read scripture, we see the many sacrifices made by God’s people and we assume that this was because required this of them. But the Bible does not say this. In fact, it says quite the opposite. For example, in Psalms 51:17:
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. [NIV]
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Part 3 – Sin and Scapegoats
We heard in Part 2 that Jesus died for our sins. But do we really know the meaning of the word ‘sin’?
Part 2 – What we often hear in church
In Part 1, we talked about the atonement and why we need to understand this so that we can understand what it means to us. We’ll now look at the explanation given by most mainstream evangelical churches, and see how how well it is supported in scripture.
What does the cross mean for us?
Part 1 – How could a violent act, perpetrated against a single man over 2,000 years ago, have any relevance to us today?
Believers and non-believers alike have asked this question for almost as long as that. Why? Because the answer can tell us an infinite amount about who God is and what he’s like.
“The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend“, laments Christian songwriter, Pat Sczebel. Haven’t we all pondered this thought at some time? But there is no great mystery here at all. Nothing is hidden from us–it is the most important piece of news in the history of the world, and it’s all in the Bible.