In my previous series of posts on what the cross means for us, I mentioned that Jesus rose from the dead. And this proved that he had broken the cycle of sin and death for good.
This led to some questions from readers, mostly as in “How did he prove he had broken the cycle of sin and death?” I’ll attempt to answer that question now.
Continue reading “Why did Jesus rise from the dead?”
Once upon a time in our history, God decided to intervene in the normal workings of human life, in a way never seen before or ever since. We know he did this to rescue us from the endless cycle of sin and death that we had fallen into. But why did he arrive when he did?
Continue reading “What of God’s timing for Jesus?”
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.
Continue reading “Part 6 – So why was Jesus really crucified?”
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
Continue reading “Part 5 – The Law”
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]
Continue reading “Part 4 – Sacrifices and Blood—for who’s pleasure?”
We heard in Part 2 that Jesus died for our sins. But do we really know the meaning of the word ‘sin’?
Continue reading “Part 3 – Sin and Scapegoats”
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.
Continue reading “Part 2 – What we often hear in church”
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.
Continue reading “What does the cross mean for us?”