Week2_5The_Death_Of_Christ

Week2_5The_Death_Of_Christ - XI THE DEATH OF CHRIST One of...

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XI. T HE D EATH OF C HRIST One of the greatest questions of the ages involves the death of the Son of God who was love incarnate. How could anyone desire to murder Him, or even to harm Him? Was He not the Creator of all humanity and the personification of goodness to everyone? Yet He was tortured and killed. The symbolic hatred of mankind was vented against Him. The early apostles seem to be guilt-ridden over their responsibility for His death. After all, Peter had denied Christ and with the others had fled. One of their own, Judas, had betrayed Him to the enemy. When assessing responsibility for Christ’s death, who was responsible? A. T HE F ATHER WAS RESPONSIBLE . (Isa. 53:6; 53:10; Psa. 22:15; 2 Cor. 5:21; Acts 2:28; Rom. 3:25; 1 John 4:10.) All of the above Scriptures evidence the fact that God the Father was actively involved in the death of Christ. The Father “laid on Him the iniquity of us all” and exacted upon Him the penalty for such iniquity. God was “pleased” to bruise Christ as an offering for our sins. Only the Father could have the authority to accept and command (decree) the substitutionary work of Christ’s being made to be sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21). Before any Roman soldier ever touched the body of our Lord, He had already been “delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” Indeed, He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” the propitiation for our sins set forth by God the Father. “It is quite alien to biblical thought to overlook the agency of God the Father in the provisions of redemption and it is perversion to represent the Father as won over to the exercise of grace and mercy by the intervention of Christ’s propitiatory accomplishment.” i B. T HE S ON WAS RESPONSIBLE . (John 10:17-18; Gal. 2:20; Matt. 20:28; Heb. 9:14-15; 1 Tim. 2:5-6.) Jesus foretold His death in John 10:17-18, where He clearly stated that no man could take His life, but rather he Himself would lay it down, knowing that He also had “power to take it again.” In teaching His disciples the value of willing servitude, Jesus referred to the purpose of His earthly ministry as being “to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Paul speaks of Christ as the One “who gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:6), and also as the One “who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). The giving of Christ’s self refers not merely to His life of humble, willing service to others, but to His giving His life to provide for man’s salvation. The evidence of Christ’s willingness to die for us is further substantiated by Hebrews 9:14- 15, where the Savior is presented as both the High Priest and the Holy Sacrifice who offered Himself (His life) to God on our behalf. C. H UMAN RESPONSIBILITY . (Acts 4:27-28.) Although Christ’s death was decreed by the Father and accomplished by the Son, it was also implemented by the hands of mortal men. In Acts 4:27-28 the death of Christ is partially attributed to “Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel.” Luke 23:6-12 gives the account of Herod’s involvement.
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