How Do We Explain Jesus' Gift to the World?

Updated: Apr 25, 2020


I think at some point (or at many points!) we feel the need to get back to the roots of what we believe. There is comfort in going back and examining the foundations of our faith, don't you think?


I don't feel like I'm lacking in faith, so if you find yourself questioning the basic things of Christianity, I don't think you are weak in faith either, but are taking your faith seriously. None of us want to be taken in. All of us have at some point been confronted with the scoffing and jeers of atheists in person or the media as they mock our so-called fairy tales of eternal life.


My friends, we need to be confident of what we hope for!


I looked last week at understanding the Old Testament sacrifices.


Today I'm looking at some of the language used to describe what Jesus did for us through the cross.


The Language of the Cross


“to redeem” (Galations 4:5)

“bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 7:23)

“cleansed from unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

“sanctified” (Hebrews 13:12 )

“forgiven” (Colossians 3:13)

“justified by his blood” (Romans 5:9 )

“saved” (Romans 10:13)


This list is given in no particular order and is by no means exhaustive. It simply gives us a taste of the multifaceted glory of Jesus that the New Testament writers were carefully trying to explain.


Let's take a look at the words and phrases one by one!

Redeem

This is a word we don't use too much in our daily language—unless we are talking about redeeming coupons!


The culture of redeeming someone is best explained in the Bible with Ruth and her redeemer Boaz. Ruth was a poor widow, and Boaz redeemed her by taking her as his wife and giving her a home, children, and—I think we can safely say—love.

Bought with a price

This one uses the language of us being slaves, and we are bought from our cruel master, sin. Now we belong to a new, good master.


(Slavery is not something we see in a positive light in our day, this is speaking of a culture we are no longer a part of. In the first century, a slave of a good and kind master often had a better life than a poor free man. He had a comfortable home, could marry and have children, earned income, performed worthy work, and had proper food and healthcare. No Christian today believes that we should own another human.)

Cleansed from unrighteousness

Righteous is about doing the right thing, being innocent, just, or correct. Yet, it seems that righteousness is more than obedience to a moral code, for there is a list of people called righteous and only one of them did not sin:

Abel (Hebrews 11:4)

Noah, an heir of righteousness (Hebrews 11:7)

Noah, Daniel and Job (Ezekiel 14:14)

Abraham (Galations 3:6)