Alright- I’ve written many little stream of consciousness rants about my life and spirituality and such. But recently I’ve had the privilege of answering some serious theological questions in the process of getting licensed. So I thought I’d share them with you in little snippets. Simple and quick to read and think about. Here’s the first one about “Jesus‘ Blood” and what it means according to scripture. I want to give credit to Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears book “Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe” and Millard Erickson‘s “Christian Theology” for giving great summaries to build upon in the next few blogs I will put out.
The penalty for our sin has always been death, and in the Old Testament period blood sacrifices were offered to appease God’s wrath and displeasure at our sin. Yet Jesus died for our sin. It was a substitute for our death, and it was entirely for our benefit. Jesus’ death was a “substitutional sacrifice” because he paid the penalty for all of our sins. Isaiah prophesied of this hundreds of years before it happened in history. He spoke of Jesus before He existed on earth, “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.” We should have been on that cross that Jesus was on. It was our sin that put Him there. Yet He freely volunteered Himself to be on that cross and die for our sins, thereby offering us right relationship with God. This is the good news of the gospel.