Category Archives: Jesus Christ

Reflections on the Cross

The Impact of Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on the Cross

God could not accept us as we are, sinful, rebellious, selfish, unrighteous, unholy, unloving. He could not just ignore our condition without the cross.

God does not accept us as we are, but in spite of the way we are, He…

  • declares us righteous in Christ’s cross work of redemption
  • adopts us as son with Christ
  • transforms us into the image of Christ
  • and welcomes us into an eternal relationship with the Father

Spheres of Salvation

From the prison of sin
To the courtroom justification
To the living room of adoption
To the banquet room of glorification

Sin locks us in the prison of guilt before God
—unable to do anything to free ourselves
Justification replaces our guilt in the courtroom with righteous
—undeserved, unearned and unreimbursable
Adoption welcomes us into the living room
—unconditionally accepted in the family of God
Glorification seats us at the table with the Father
—unbroken fellowship for eternity

Basic Terms of Salvation

The atonement is the cross-work of Christ in which Christ by the grace of God has taken our place and has done what we could not do for ourselves:

Aspect

Theological Term

Anchor Passages

    1. He died once for all
Sacrifice Rom 3:25; 5:9-10;
    1. in our place

Substitution

Rom 5:6-8; 1 Pet 3:18

2 Cor 5:21

    1. paying the price for our sin
Redemption

 

Rom 3:24
    1. that satisfied God’s holiness
Propitiation/ Satisfaction Rom 3:25-26; 5:9
    1. by being declared us righteous in Christ

Justification

Rom 3:21-26; Romans 5:1-11
    1. thereby providing an eternal relationship with God

Reconciliation

2 Cor 5:19; Rom 5:1, 10-11; Jn 5:24

2 Cor 5:18-21

Preparing for Easter

Resources to help you proactively remembers Jesus Christ’s cross-work and celebrating His resurrection and exaltation.

I’m including many excellent resources, don’t feel overwhelmed—pick one and use it to prepare your mind, heart and soul for an encounter with God, to overflow with thanksgiving and develop greater anticipated certainty (hope). Within each section they are listed from simple to more complex (or longer).

Overview and purpose of Lent

http://blogs.bible.org/engage/sandra_glahn/lent_101_five_suggestions
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/what-christians-get-wrong-about-lent

Reading plans

http://blog.youversion.com/2015/02/6-bible-plans-to-help-you-connect-during-lent/
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1789/collects_epistles_gospels_1789&1892.htm

Simple outline with Scripture of the final week

Final Week of Jesus

Chronology
Triumphal Entry
The date of the crucifixion

Books

The Final Days of Jesus: The Most important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived, by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor

An outline of the final week from The Final Days of Jesus (This is from the book listed above for those who need something shorter.)
40 Day reading guide The Final Days of Jesus

For those who learn better “seeing,” you can also see a series of short video post

http://stevekilgore.com/2479/preparing-for-easter/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/12/holy-week-day-1-palm-sunday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/13/holy-week-day-2-monday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/14/holy-week-day-3-tuesday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/15/holy-week-day-4-wednesday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/16/holy-week-day-5-thursday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/17/holy-week-day-6-friday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/18/holy-week-day-7-saturday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/19/holy-week-day-8-sunday/

Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Russ Ramsey

If the book is too much, here is a study guide from the book that will help you see the whole life of Jesus

Holy Week, Day 7: Saturday

From Justin Taylor

Holy Week, Day 7: Saturday

Saturday, April 4, AD 33.

The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus, features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament scholars Andreas Köstenberger and Douglas Moo. Dr. Köstenberger looks at the role of Joseph of Arimathea in Jesus’s burial, the rules for burial at the time, and what we know about first-century tombs. Dr. Moo answers the question of where Jesus was between his death and his resurrection, focusing on 1 Peter 3, which says that Christ preached to spirits in prison. Is this a reference to Jesus descending into Hades?

Holy Week, Day 6: Friday

From Justin Taylor

Holy Week, Day 6: Friday

Friday, April 3, AD 33.

The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus, features short explanations from and interviews with historian Paul Maier and New Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger, looking at the origin, object, and purpose of Roman crucifixion, along with one difference in emphasis between the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and John on suffering and glory.

 

Holy Week, Day 5: Thursday

From Justin Taylor

Holy Week, Day 5: Thursday

Thursday, April 2, AD 33.

The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus, features short explanations from and interviews with scholars Doug Moo, Nick Perrin, and Paul Maier, focusing on the background of the Passover, why Jesus and the disciples reclined at the Last Supper instead of eating at a table, and why the Jewish officials had to get Pontius Pilate involved after beginning their judicial proceedings against Jesus.

 

Holy Week, Day 4: Wednesday

From Justin Taylor

(To review the first part of the week)

Holy Week, Day 4: Wednesday

Wednesday, April 1, AD 33.

The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus, features short explanations from and interviews with historian of ancient history Paul Maier (of Western Michigan University) and New Testament professor Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), focusing on the behind-the-scenes motivations and actions of the Sanhedrin as they plot to put an end to Jesus once and for all.