I John 2:1-2
1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
(Don’t know the meaning of propitiation? Look it up here )
There is a growing understanding in some circles of the larger Christian community that whatever the cross of Christ was about, it was not about Jesus taking the punishment for sins that others deserved. The text shown above tells us that Jesus death causes God to no longer be angry with His people. There are other texts, some given below, that tell us that Jesus’ death on the cross was Him being punished by God for others.
The death of the Son of God for our sins is not cosmic child abuse. It is the eternal plan of the One great triune God to bring glory to Himself and defeat sin once and for all. The Son was not forced to come. He, in council with the Father and the Spirit, planned it.
Consider just two pieces of Scripture that testify to it.
5 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.
6 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.
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us-for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”-
The love of God for us in sending the Son, who willingly came, to die for us, taking the punishment that we should have levied on us, is a wonder that should make us bow down in worship. Some say it is below God to do such a thing. We know it is a plan far too high for us to fully appreciate. But we can live for the praise of His glory, knowing that we will never be punished for the sins that Jesus has already been punished for.
Declare the wonders of the Gospel to others. Tell them of a completely finished work by the God who does all things well. Bring them to church with you this weekend so that they can hear the biblical Gospel and know that they are in great need because of their sin and that Jesus Christ has met the need fully. And tell it with great joy.