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The Necessity of the Cross
Here is a facebook post I received this afternoon. “Thaddaeus, what did you learn during today’s sermon? ‘That someone spittled red wine on a wedding dress.'” Hmmm, maybe I repeated my key illustration too many times.
The doctrine of atonement in Jesus’ blood does not appear to be a popular theme in today’s preaching. However, in the New Testament it is everywhere. In fact, it is the key concept on which everything related to the new covenant is built. The atoning blood of Jesus is the foundation of our faith.
Perhaps the reason we don’t hear more about the atonement is because of the classic struggle between secular and spiritual. The more spiritually attuned we are the more conscious we see our need for everything to be made right with God (justification); for what is broken to be restored (redemption);and for what is lost to be found (salvation). The more secular we are the more we believe that our problems can all be solved using human wisdom alone. We don’t need anyone but ourselves.
On every page of the Bible we are reminded that the basic problem of humankind is sin and the only way sin can be removed is through atonement. Through the blood of Jesus the curse of sin is reversed! Salvation has come! Our redemption is near.
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Nothing can for sin atone. Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Naught of good that I have done. Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.
No other fount I know; nothing but the blood of Jesus.