Here is interesting article on the reason Jesus died for us.
On Easter we must not forget Good Friday. On Easter we must not forget that between Good Friday and Easter Jesus’ body lay in a tomb, bloody, and beaten. He would have been an ugly sight.
Death is ugly, and Jesus had taken our sins upon Himself. Jesus was dead in our trespasses and sins.
We must not forget that because we are sinners we each need the redemption Jesus offers us.
We must remember the reason for our hope and our joy. Jesus loves us.
The reason he died a bloody, horrible death.
The Crucifixion has been a problem from the beginning—from devout religionists (Jews and Gentiles) who found the idea of a crucified messiah scandalous, to fans of the late Christopher Hitchens, who said, “I find something repulsive about the idea of vicarious redemption.” Whether it’s the bloody method of death or the theological meaning of the Atonement, even Christians are tempted to give the Crucifixion its due and move briskly to talk about the hope of the Resurrection. It is so much more life affirming!
Not so fast, says Fleming Rutledge. A retired Episcopal priest who spent 22 years in local church ministry, Rutledge is recognized as an outstanding preacher and a teacher of other preachers. She’s also a theologian, as her latest work attests.
The book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ (Eerdmans)…
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