NIV Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Hebrews 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
The above verses are not popular in our current culture. There are even “Christian” theologians who question not only the language but even the idea that such statements were ever needed to be made. There is a tendency today to downgrade the theological statements that are made in Scripture as being archaic and thus not really authoritative.
The faith we are called to accept and trust does not easily conform to current cultural perspectives or conceptual concerns. At times the faith we embrace does fit with the ethical viewpoints our world considers “proper”.
There comes a point when we must make a decision. We must decide if we will trust the Scripture. We must decide if we believe the creedal traditions of our faith’s heritage.
The cross is not an ethical thing. The reason for the need for the death of Jesus is offensive to human reasoning. However, there comes a time when we must trust that God is a purposeful, active, loving God even when we do not understand God’s acts, lack of acts, and requirements we encounter in Scripture and life.
Jesus trusted the Father. The journey he was on required suffering and the cross. This is the story of Lent.
To be continued………..