Justice and Righteousness
Have you ever wondered how the cross could possibly be an act of love? It all seems too brutal and perhaps even barbaric.
Yet, as we saw in the last post, Scripture is adamant that the atonement is all about God’s love for us. How could that be? How could the death of the sonof God show God’s love for you and for me?
Many have attempted to answer this question with the statement, “Jesus died in my place,” or “Jesus took my place.” They state that we were supposed to die for our sins, but Jesus died instead of us. Along with these statements they advance verses like “he was pierced for our transgressions” (Isaiah 53:5), or he “bore our sins in his body” (1 Peter 2:24). And, at first glance, they would appear to be right.