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The Extent of the Cross December 19, 2006

Posted by Joe in Random Musings.
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Lar,

I really appreciated your last post brother. Thanks for continually pointing us to the cross of Christ.

Here’s a question for you: Could we say that Jesus’ death on the cross is actually the reason why people feel any indignation over the botching of an execution?

I think it is worth considering. Just think about the day and age in which we live. I mean, we even have animal rights activists! Is it not a historical anomaly that such a thing would exist? Where else but in Western Civilization? Who was feeling such pity for those who were put to the gallows just a few hundred years back? Is it not because of Christian influence that people feel compassion for a murderer at all? Unbeliever or not, we have all been influenced by the the dominant values in our society (values that go back hundreds of years). Prior to Christ, where would such a place exist?

Ok, so I have now asked you more questions than one. I would appreciate your thoughts. Your comments just got me to thinking about the fact that Jesus’ death on the cross has served to make murderers’ deaths less painful and excruciating. His suffering has served to lighten their suffering–even though He did not deserve it and they (and us all really) do. Amazing. Let us beware of minimizing the extent of Christ’s death. You know what I mean by that. I’m a big fan of the ‘L’ (considering it is biblical and all), but sometimes those who ascribe to it fail to see the big picture of God’s redemption through Christ. Let us guard from making such a mistake, for even those who do not take part in the covenant, still benefit greatly from the work of the Redeemer. O what a Savior!

Basking in His great atonement,

Joe

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