Coming this Sunday: Message 2 of Christ Crucified
Christ Crucified for our atonement
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6)
The substitutionary nature of the death of Christ is in great dispute today. Many dismiss this as a barbaric and primitive notion. Others call it “cosmic child abuse.” Christians, however, call it atonement. Central to the Christian faith is the substitutionary atonement of Christ. Jesus died for us – in our place, as our substitute, for our sins. On the cross, Jesus was killed much like the sacrifices of the Old Testament. Great things have happened for us because terrible things happened to Him. This Sunday, we remember that Christ was crucified for our atonement.
Scripture: Leviticus 16; Isaiah 53; Hebrews 9:11-10:18
Questions to Consider:
1. What does atonement mean? How is this accomplished by Christ’s death on the cross?
2. How do the Old Testament sacrifices and the Day of Atonement prepare you for Christ crucified?
3. How would you compare and contrast Christ with the Old Testament sacrifices?
4. How would you respond to someone who believes that Christ died as an example, but not as a substitute of any kind?
5. Why is Christ crucified precious to you today?