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Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

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God Wrote a Book

That Book is living, powerful, discerns in us things which are hidden according to Hebrews 4:12.   It is as if when approached humbly, the words on the page become God speaking as we take them in–truly take them in.

Why did Jesus Die?

I am watching the series, A.D.–the Bible Continues on NBC and we are right in the middle of the series.   This article from the BBC in 2009 captures some of the issues depicted in A.D.–the Bible Continues.

Atonement and reconciliation

Actors representing Roman soldier nailing Jesus to a cross

Actors Reenact the Cricifixion

The events leading up to the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus are well-told by the Gospel writers, as are stories of the Resurrection. But why did Jesus die?

In the end the Roman authorities and the Jewish council wanted Jesus dead. He was a political and social trouble-maker. But what made the death of Jesus more significant than the countless other crucifixions carried out by the Romans and witnessed outside the city walls by the people of Jerusalem?

Christians believe that Jesus was far more than a political radical. For them the death of Jesus was part of a divine plan to save humanity.

The death and resurrection of this one man is at the very heart of the Christian faith. For Christians it is through Jesus’s death that people’s broken relationship with God is restored. This is known as the Atonement.

What is the atonement?

The word atonement is used in Christian theology to describe what is achieved by the death of Jesus. William Tyndale introduced the word in 1526, when he was working on his popular translation of the Bible, to translate the Latin wordreconciliatio.

In the Revised Standard Version the word reconciliation replaces the word atonement. Atonement (at-one-ment) is the reconciliation of men and women to God through the death of Jesus.

But why was reconciliation needed? Christian theology suggests that although God’s creation was perfect, the Devil tempted the first man Adam and sin was brought into the world. Everybody carries this original sin with them which separates them from God, just as Adam and Eve were separated from God when they were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

So it is a basic idea in Christian theology that God and mankind need to be reconciled. However, what is more hotly debated is how the death of Jesus achieved this reconciliation.

There is no single doctrine of the atonement in the New Testament. In fact, perhaps more surprisingly, there is no official Church definition either. But first, what does the New Testament have to say?

New Testament images

The New Testament uses a range of images to describe how God achieved reconciliation to the world through the death of Jesus. The most common is the image of sacrifice.

For example, John the Baptist describes Jesus as “the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. (John 1:29)

Here are some other images used to describe the atonement:

  • a judge and prisoner in a law court
  • a payment of ransom for a slave’s freedom
  • a king establishing his power
  • a military victory

And here are some examples of how the New Testament explains the death of Jesus:

‘For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’.

Words attributed to Jesus in Mark 10:45

‘Drink all of you from this’, he said. ‘For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’

Words attributed to Jesus in Matthew 26:28

Well then, in the first place, I taught you what I had been taught myself, namely that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures…

Written by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3

How have later writers and theologians interpreted the Biblical accounts and theologies? In varied, and sometimes conflicting, ways.

From the BBC, 2009.

Only The Word of God Can do this?

Sometimes 1 pictures is worth 1000 words. This is one of those pictures.

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What does this picture do for you?  Are you sensing Jesus through His Word embracing you as this?  Do you want to experience Jesus this way?

I am spending this year, 2013, diving into the Word of God and longing through this experience to sense His work in my heart and life.  This has been extreme pleasure and joy.  Feel free to comment.

Other blogs you may find interesting:

Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ

Imprisoned in Iran and Lived to Tell About It

This is Discipleship

Here we have much food for thought regarding the making of disciples. Please take this to heart, reflect on the impact to you and your domain.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

Lectio Divina is a method of slowing down and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead your reading of the Word. Read as if you have a love letter in your hand–you do! Allow the words which are weighty and meaningful to you now to sink into your soul, to feed your soul. Read each sentence thoughtfully and slowly. Be expectant. Expect God to address you with a personal message just for you, for your day. This has happened to me time and time again. Think: “what are you saying to me now?” Before you begin, pause, reflect on the goodness of God, and pray for this time with Him. Read more of this post

Ephesians One

I stepped to the side of my bed and picked up notes from a Sunday School class. I was searching. Vaguely I knew I wanted to get in the Word but I didn’t know where. The notes came from a friend of mine who taught the class and my eyes moved over to the references: “Ephesians 1.” That caught my eye.

I turned there in my Bible and the rest is history. I stayed in Ephesians 1 for a long season. I love that chapter. I found joy, love, grace, holiness, mercy, laughter, sorrow, bliss, and worship there. The words of what I call the proclamation, 1:3-14, still echo in my soul today. These verses remind me who I am and what Jesus, the Christ, has done in my behalf. Read more of this post

How to Read The Bible

Perspectives on the Bible

Reading the Bible is a good thing.

 

 

I love the Book!!!

Spending every single day in the Bible has changed the way Brian Hardin lives, the way he treats his wife and children. Staying in the Word constantly has given Brian a great passion for the Bible.

I don’t know Brian Hardin so I can’t endorse him as a person but he has it right here and I am with Him! I want to go deeper into the heart of God and the way in is the living Word He left allowing us to see His heart.

God bless you in your adventure with Him. The value of the themes of The Lord of the Rings trailer are hidden for us on God’s Word. Getting in and digging out what God wants to say to you is the way to make His themes in your life come alive. Dig in today. Go for it!!

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You Were Chosen (LR)

You were created by the God of the universe and you were chosen. How does that make you feel? For many years it made me feel special, so special, in fact, that I developed pride that I was chosen by God to bear His Name.

That’s not the correct response, but being chosen by the Creator of the Universe is weighty. It becomes reality to us in many ways.

Let’s think about what the backdrop is–for us to have been chosen by the Creator of the Universe.

We can look at a point when the Universe did not exist. I know that is hard to imagine but because the Word of God is eternal, it hints of what was there before the Universe was. We learn from John 1 that there was God in plurality. Many people label our God, a Trinity. Our God is the great Three in One.

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Beautiful, beautiful–you are!

…in Christ Jesus!
Francesca Battistelli – Beautiful, Beautiful

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