Chapter 5—Redemption: The Ultimate Solution

If the benevolence manifested in the atonement does not subdue the selfishness of sinners, their case is hopeless. [1]Charles G. Finney, Finney’s Systematic Theology, Bethany Fellowship, p. 209.  Charles G. Finney

It is not clear that the father received the sacrifice, not because He Himself demanded it or needed it, but only on account of the divine economy … that He Himself might deliver us, in overcoming the tyrants by His power, and by the mediation of His son bringing us back to Himself? [2]Gregory of Nazianzus, Quoted by Gustaf Aulen in Christus Victor, Macmillan, p. 58.  Gregory of Nazianzus

As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:11–12

God’s ultimate solution to the complex problem of reconciliation was, of course, the life and death of His Son, Jesus Christ. And as Malcolm Muggeridge observes:

One thing at least can be said with certainty about the crucifixion of Christ; it was manifestly the most famous death in history. No other death has aroused one-hundredth part of the interest, or been remembered with one-hundredth part of the intensity and concern. [3]Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered, Family Library, p. 50.

The death of Jesus Christ and the events which surrounded it were extraordinary, not in that a man died but rather in who it was that died. If Jesus’ life had not had a revolutionary significance and notoriety, His death would have gone unnoticed as just another victim of the Roman epidemic.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Charles G. Finney, Finney’s Systematic Theology, Bethany Fellowship, p. 209.
2. Gregory of Nazianzus, Quoted by Gustaf Aulen in Christus Victor, Macmillan, p. 58.
3. Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered, Family Library, p. 50.

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