When he discovered that Jesus was from Galilee, he sent him to face Herod Antipas, the Jewish ruler of Galilee, who was in Jerusalem at the time. Are any other instruments of death universally popular in these ways? It is a reminder of His suffering for us. Some crosses are huge, such as the one that rises 19 stories high from the flat Texas Panhandle landscape off Interstate 40. For one thing, it supplies a comprehensible link between Christ’s suffering and a beneficial result, forgiveness, and so also between the gospel as a chronicle of past events and the gospel as kerygma here and now. Soon afterward His dead body was removed from the cross and buried in a cave. And it isn't just painters either. No blood means no harmony. In recent years there seems to have been a tendency to use the cross as a fashion ornament. 1. But the necessity was not absolute.

After Jesus explained to his disciples that he must suffer, he tells them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt 16:24). Now, I personally don't find that particularly spiritual beyond the experience of extreme cinema. No one ever translates 2 Corinthians 5:19 as “God was in Christ, atoning the world to himself.” To atone is not to reconcile, either in everyday use or in theology. The cross is best discerned through repentant tears. The History and Meaning of the Death of Jesus, 5 False Gospels within the Evangelical Church, Why Is Christianity Such a "Bloody Religion? We can't get past the idea that there must be some ill consequence to the perpetrator, forgetting the hell in which each perpetrator lives due to the illusion that only punishment is an effective response to one's own means of addressing one's circumstance. Is it superstition, fashion, or faith? The cross is not only where our sin is paid for, where the devil is conquered, but the shape of Christianity.

. Those are caricatures, which is not to say they are utterly mistaken. That afternoon the sky turned dark (Matthew 27:45). In that regard, to return to the initial question, forgiveness would seem to be an instance, perhaps the defining instance, of a more general, more inclusive pattern. But He's always thinking of us and in human terms, if people in any area or any religion or belief take something that's sacred to a group or a religion and mock it, and use it in a sacrilegious or blasphemous way, then that's not a good thing. Then it grew into the fuller gesture we have today - from head to heart, and shoulder to shoulder. Christianity could have ended with Jesus’s death. Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that exists solely for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel through publishing gospel-centered, Bible-centered content. Now, you take a movie like, for example, Ken Russell's film The Devils. They put 12 plates in my face. 2:8).

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The cross is everywhere, but how seriously do we take it?

Eventually, his critics decided that there was only one way to stop him: ‘The chief priests and the elders of the people … plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him' (Matthew 26:3-4). Aulén, for one, thought not. Is that what the cross is all about? Wisdom was found not beyond the cross, not above the cross, not below the cross, but in the cross. As such they incur a penalty, which in justice ought to be paid and which has, in fact, been paid—not, however, by those who owe it and deserve to pay it, but by Jesus. Why was wine vinegar or sour wine given to Christ on the cross? It is also participation. Finally, the Soviets gave up, and eventually Lithuania gained its independence and let the crosses proliferate, where they stand to this day. Taken in this latter sense, justice as a divine attribute has its supreme embodiment in Christ’s acceptance of the cross.

With a crown of thorns crushed down on His head, His hands and feet were nailed to the cross (Matthew 27:29; Mark 15:22-25; John 19:1, 18; 20:25). In the meantime, Judas was suddenly ‘seized with remorse' (Matthew 27:3, NIV) and tried to return the thirty pieces of silver, telling the chief priests and elders, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood' (Matthew 27:4). Like so many people I know these days, most non-Jews were unfamiliar with the Hebrew Scriptures. Becoming a Christian is a kind of crucifixion. As I have come to know the love of God, and as the mystics of our tradition make clear, and as contemplatives realize, the "wrath of God" is a dissonant concept that would be best to drop. . This article helps us see how such justice is evidenced at Calvary. Well, I don't think so. Chocolate is a very seductive material, and I found that I was seduced by the Biblical stories, the commandments and Jesus's miracles. 10 Things You Should Know about the Presence of God. The Cross is arguably our most important symbol within Christianity. Hefling's is the best exposition of atonement that I have ever read. But are we so familiar with the cross that we don't really see it any more for what it is? Jeremiah 9:23-24. It is a Pauline preoccupation, and the theology of penal substitution is more than anything else a cumulative attempt to systematize the unsystematic profundity of the letter to Romans. One of the peculiarities of Western Christianity has been a tendency to speak of God’s initiative in reconciling his human creatures as though it were entirely a matter of sending his Son into the world. Matthew 16:21-23. Is giving up your life to save others evil? The Roman Catholic Church displays pictures of Jesus still hanging on the cross. Forgiveness would mean the remission or cancellation or cessation of (deserved) punishment. He is our sacrificial lamb. Paul puts it succinctly in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”. [CDATA[// >