Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007

That God saves is the theme of the Bible. Substitutionary atonement is an important doctrine not just because we need a substitute. It is important because in it we learn that God is our substitute.
Joseph was told by an angel to name his son Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins (Mt 1:21). In times past in Egypt, the Passover lamb had borne people's sins. But now Jesus came into the world to become the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). In our day some would have us confess Jesus as Savior, but suggest that he saved us by doing something other than taking our sin away. Or if they admit that sin needs to be taken away, they say that Jesus does this ...

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