Saturday, March 10, 2007


Romans 3:19-3:31

"God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood." (Romans 3:10-11)

What's with this whole 'sacrifice and atonement' gig? How does the blood of Jesus save?

It could represent a legal payment. One life for another, so justice prevails. Jesus’ innocent being was taken in place of guilty us.

It could represent violence. Fighting and bleeding throughout a great battle. Jesus suffered the full force of Satan’s destruction, to ‘blaze the path’ for us so we stewards cum soldiers of God can continue sharing/living/embodying the His kingdom on earth.

It could represent cleanliness. Clean non-contaminated red and white blood cells flowing into the body of a sick person, restoring vitality and health to him. Jesus started a blood-transfusion process we our sick souls might breathe and dance again.

It could represent other things, but in all cases, Jesus did something for us that we couldn’t do ourselves. And whatever else the Cross could mean, it certainly means love.

Thank Jesus, we don’t need to understand fully in order to know He loves us and wishes us to love others - as He loves us.

1. One description of the Christian life is about "replicating Calvary". Do you think it's a good description? What is the relevance of Jesus' death to your life? How would you replicate or repeat or "clone" Calvary in your community?

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