(This is the first of a series on the Atonement, for the Holy Week season. May the Lord bless you as you grow in knowing about the meaning of the Atonement.)
How many major projects have you started and finished already? Some of us have yet to finish college or build a house. Back in High School, every time a classmate would finish answering the exam, he’d cry out, “Finished!” That would put a lot of pressure on the rest of us who haven’t finished the exam yet!
Around 12 Noon on Good Friday, under the heat of the sun, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” What did He mean by that?
What Jesus finished is His sacrifice for sin at the cross. The offering of Christ on the cross is now finalized. Christ’s offering of Himself is fulfilled once for all and never to be repeated anymore.
When we talk of the purpose of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are actually talking about the point (meaning) of the atonement. When you understand the point of the atonement, then you know its purpose.
Atonement is a key doctrine in the Bible. It is a key message of the Gospel. There’s no “full gospel” or “empty gospel” in the Bible. There’s only the true or the false gospel. A gospel that excludes or diminishes the atonement makes it a false gospel. A gospel that emphasizes it is a true gospel (Rom. 5:6-21; 1 Cor. 15:1-4).
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