I have been thinking a lot lately about The Atonement. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about what actually did happen and did not happen on The Cross, when Jesus died for us. This way of looking at The Atonement may be a different way of looking at it than how you’re typically accustomed to looking at it, but I hope you consider them and ponder upon them. These thoughts aren’t in any particular order or categorized in any way, they’re just some of my thoughts on the subject. Here they are:
-The Cross isn’t where God’s anger was released. It’s where His love was revealed.
-The Cross wasn’t about paying God off because mankind wasn’t in bondage to The Father. The Cross was about fixing the sin problem because mankind was in bondage to sin.
-The Cross doesn’t show that God abandoned Jesus on the Cross. To the contrary, the Resurrection proves that He didn’t.
-“Grace people” (including myself) adamantly contend that Adam was not forsaken by God when He sinned. Ironically, many of them adamantly contend that He did forsake and abandon Jesus when He became our sin.
-The Father releasing His wrath did not and could not accomplish redemption. The shedding of Blood is what accomplished our redemption.
Eph. 1:7 – In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;