Friday, September 09, 2011

Images of the Cross

Often the phrase "Jesus died on the cross for my sins" is used to explain the purpose of Jesus' death. This is true, but it seems that this pat-answer is a bit flattened for what really transpired. Interestingly, the writers of the New Testament utilized a number of images, words and metaphors to communicate what happened on the cross. It's almost as if in each instance there were saying, "the cross... it's like this.... and it's like this... and it's like this" Each time pulling from another sector of life, culture and understanding. The following are a few of the images of the cross and what transpired that are found in the New Testament.

Images of the Cross
1. Sacrifice

     Hebrews 9:26-27

2. Justified – Justification // a Legal Term.

      Romans 3:22-26

3. Redeemed - Redemption // an Economic Term

     Ephesians 1:7 (Col. 1:14 / Heb. 9:12)

4. Reconciled - Reconciliation // a Relational Term
     Colossians 1:19-22

5. Destroyed Death // a Battle Term

     2 Timothy 1:8b-10

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