From our perspective God does some things that appear to be awful. When we read the Bible we see what looks like genocide and murder. Either God orders the killing, or He does it Himself. Here are some examples. The Great Flood. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Ten Plagues of Egypt. Ordering the... Continue Reading →
The significance of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection is both easily stated and quite difficult to appreciate. Even a child can understand sin. Even a child appreciate Jesus paying the price for our sins. Even a child can strive to model the sacrificial love of Jesus. Even a child can appreciate being forgiven. What a child cannot comprehend is exactly how Jesus’ death and resurrection reconciled us with God, and that creates a problem. What a child innocently accepts as true, an adult insists upon knowing is true, and comprehension is part of knowing.
As adults don’t we flounder when we try to understand the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice to our salvation? How then can we explain Jesus’ sacrifice to others? We can repeat the mantra, but we cannot comprehend what Jesus did, or easily make it real in our lives. We can only know the relief that comes from being forgiven, and we can look to the cross in wonderment. Therefore, we must ask God for wisdom, and we must pray for greater faith and understanding.
Perhaps in Salvageable’s post some will find an answered prayer. Here Salvageable goes over each of the analogies the Bible uses to explain what Jesus accomplished. If you have not considered the subject quite this way before (and I had not), please take the time to do so. I believe you will find it quite worthwhile, an appropriate Bible study for Holy Week.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, an eight-day Christian commemoration of the most important week in the history of the world. On a Sunday nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. There he cleared the Temple of merchants and money-changers, then taught in the Temple and debated his opponents. On Thursday night Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples and give his church the gift of the Lord’s Supper. Then he went to a garden to pray. In the garden he was arrested, and from there he was taken to trials before Jewish leaders and Roman leaders. Accused first of blasphemy, then of treason against Rome, he was sentenced to die on a cross. When Jesus had died, he was taken from the cross and buried in another garden. There, on Sunday morning, he rose to complete the work that he had finished on…
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