April, 2011

Reflections on the Cross of Jesus

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…

1 Peter 3:18

“He who understands the cross aright … understands the Bible, he understands Jesus Christ.”

Emil Brunner, The Mediator

The world’s major religions direct attention primarily to the teachings of their human founder or leader.  While not neglecting Jesus’ important teachings, Christianity uniquely focuses on the life Christ lived and the death he died on the cross as interpreted by the Scriptures.  The apostle Paul upheld the focal importance of Christ’s passion with his overstatement to the church at Corinth, “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except for Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2, cf. 1:18; Gal. 1:14).  For solid Biblical reasons the cross of Christ is the central symbol of the Christian faith.

Bruce Demarest,  The Cross and Salvation

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:6