we all long for the world to be good for people to live in peace
act with love and justice but there’s a problem
something compels us humans to constantly wreak havoc and destruction instead
and we call this evil and from the Bible’s point of view
evil ruins things in at least two ways.
There’s a direct effect of our evil like
when someone steals from another person they’ve created injustice
therefore they owe something to make it right
but there’s another indirect effect of evil
because they’ve also ruined the environment of the relationship creating a lack of trust
there’s emotional damage it’s like vandalism and they need to make that right too.
Now many people believe ‘Hey God is good
he should be the one to just get rid of all the evil in the world.
但说实话 我的意思是 处处皆有罪恶
But let’s be honest I mean the evil that I see everywhere out there
it’s the same evil that’s inside of me.
We have all contributed and we keep doing it.
So this kind of puts us in a bind if God’s going to rid the world of evil
he’ll have to get rid of us.
And this is what’s so remarkable about the story of the Bible.
This God is so good
that not only is he going to rid the world of evil he’s going to do it without destroying humanity.
So how is he going to do that? Well early in the story of the Bible
we’re introduced to this practice of animal sacrifice
which I know seems weird to us
but for the Israelites it was a very powerful symbol of God’s justice and of His grace.
So remember I’m a contributor to the evil that’s in the world I should be removed.
But God is allowing this animal’s life to be a substitute.
It symbolically dying in my place. And the biblical word for this is atonement,
which means to cover over someone’s death.
But there’s a second part to this ritual
remember evil also causes this relational vandalism
and in the Bible this idea is described as polluting or defiling the land and making it unclean
so the priest would symbolically wash away the vandalism
by sprinkling the animal’s blood in different parts of the temple.
So the animal’s blood is cleaning things?
Well, remember this is a symbol and it’s a symbol that we’re not used to.
The blood represents life
and the sprinkling of the blood is this representation of
how God is cleaning away these indirect consequences of evil in their community.
In the Bible this process is called purification and
so the temple in the land now become a clean space
where God and His people can live together in peace
-So this ritual makes things right between Israel and God, -And more than that!
The Israelites experience God’s love and his grace through these symbols
and by being forgiven ideally
this would compel them to become people of love and grace
that’s the ideal but it wasn’t always happening right
so the prophet Isaiah for example he talks a lot about this
he opens his book by saying that the continual sacrifices of
the Israelites had become meaningless
because they were also allowing great evil in their midst.
Ignoring the poor and the oppressed even the Israelite kings were distorting justice.
But Isaiah looked forward to a day
when a new king from the line of David would come and deal with evil
but in a surprising way the King would become a servant
and not just serve but also suffer and die for the evil committed by his own people
and his life would be offered as a sacrifice
this is the promise Jesus believed he was fulfilling
he’s the king of Israel suffering and dying on the cross.
In fact, Jesus himself used Isaiah’s words when he said
that he came to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.
And that word ransom refers to the sacrifice of atonement
it’s all over the New Testament
we hear about how Jesus’ death was an atoning sacrifice for us.
It covered the debt that humans owe God
for contributing to all of the evil and death in His world
but the new testament authors also talk about Jesus death as providing purification
and so we hear about Jesus’ blood as a symbol of his life
having this ability to wash away the vandalism that
evil has caused in us and around us so we can now live at peace with God
so that’s the meaning behind Jesus’ death
but there’s more to the story.
Yeah, the New Testament makes this powerful claim that
Jesus’s death was not final
he rose from the dead
and so he’s the sacrifice who broke the power of death and evil which means that
he lives on to offer his life to anyone who will accept it. He is the perfect sacrifice
to which all the previous sacrifices were pointing all along.
So because of Jesus the early Christians stopped participating in the ritual animal sacrifice
But they were given new rituals. There are two that Jesus taught his followers to perform
The first is called baptism.
Just as Jesus died so going into the water becomes this personal connection you now have to his death and
in coming out of the water you, so to speak
come back to life with Jesus
So baptism is the sacred ritual that joins your story
to Jesus’s death and resurrection.
The second rituals called the Lord’s Supper
which is a reenactment of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples
and he use bread and wine to portray his coming death as a sacrifice
and so now followers of Jesus they take the bread and the cup regularly to remember
and to participate in the power of Jesus’ death and in his life
so these rituals they remind us of God’s love and encourage us to live a life love and grace
but they do more than that they connect us to a new life source
the very power that brought Jesus back from the dead
is the same power that can deal with the evil in our own lives
and transform us into people who lead lives of love and peace.
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