Austin Fischer: The Cross

Church leader Austin Fischer writes:

Do you see God precisely in the crucified Jesus, in the God-man nailed to the cross? While it is certainly correct to see God punishing sin as Jesus is being crucified (see Isaiah 3:10), the Gospels are relentless in their emphasis that we are to see God first and foremost in the Jesus who hangs on the cross. As Moltmann says, “When the crucified Jesus is called the ‘image of the invisible God,’ the meaning is that this is God, and God is like this… The nucleus of everything that Christian theology says about ‘God’ is to be found in this Christ event.”

That bears saving again—the nucleus of everything that Christian theology says about God is to be found in the crucified Jesus. And in the crucified Jesus, we learn that the God who pours out wrath is the God whose hands are nailed to the cross. God who punishes sin is the God who takes the punishment. The God who judges is the God who looks upon those crucifying him and says, “Forgive them.” I found the crucified God very difficult to square with the God of Calvinism.

Just chew on it a bit. God could have dealt with sin in any way he pleased. God could have done whatever he wanted with us. God could have annihilated us or thrown us into the eternal trash heap. But God chose the cross. Creator dies at the hands of his creation so it (we) doesn’t have to get what it deserves.

Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed, Austin Fischer

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