The Christian Story Part 3
The basic idea in the Christian gospel is that God does for us what we cannotdo for ourselves.
A story of substitution
For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.
God did not then, inflict pain on someone else, but rather on the cross absorbed the pain, violence and evil of the world into himself. Therefore the God of the Bible is not like the primitive deities who demanded our blood for their wrath to be appeased. Rather, this is a God who becomes human and offers his own lifeblood in order tohonour moral justice and merciful love so that some day he can destroy all evilwithout destroying us.
The cross is the point where God and sinful man mergewith a crash and the way to life is opened
but the crash is on the heart of God.
(Oswald Chambers)The difference between religion and the gospel.
The gospel is good news for bad people
the gospel is not for good folk.Thinking through the implications:
God saves the world by fully becoming a human being
God is personally involved with us
God knows what it is like to suffer
There is nothing inherently ungodly about having a body
Jesus maintained holiness, yet could stay in contact with unholy people.