Being the beginning of Holy Week, I wanted to take a look at Christ’s death on the cross, or His atoning work. These are notes from my latest Sunday School lesson, so they’ll be in more of a bullet point format. It begins with His words at the Last Supper (Mt. 26:26-69).
What is it?
- The work of Christ in His perfect life and death on the cross to earn our salvation.
- Not just that He died for our forgiveness – that would have only made us morally neutral.
- But also He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father in all righteousness (Mt. 3:15) so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ (Phil. 3:9, 1 Cor. 1:30).
What were the causes of the Atonement?
- The love of God (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8).
- The justice of God (Rom. 6:23, Gen. 2:17, Rom. 3:23).
- In our culture, especially in my generation and younger, we tend to place so much emphasis on the love of God that we forget that He hates sin so much that He sent God the Son – perfect, spotless, sinless, blameless, holy, who enjoyed perfect communion with the Father and Spirit for all eternity – to die on a bloody cross taking the full force of the Father’s anger, wrath, and hatred.