Jesus, our substitute

Biting off more than I could chew, last night we thought through how to describe the substitution of Jesus for his people (springboarding from John 11.45-57). This is surely one of the greatest and most wonderful themes of the bible. Used 4 words: personal (it’s for specific people), voluntary (Jesus did it of his own accord), hellish (he suffered what we deserve), and sufficient (it is complete and all we need). Great to be reminded of Christ for us.

John 11.49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

 

Susan asks ‘But what does it all mean?’ Aslan answers, ‘It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.’

 

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