Most Christians agree that Jesus died for our sins. However, when it comes to why He had to die, that’s when things get interesting.
One of the most common views of atonement is Penal Substitutionary Atonement, which says Jesus took the penalty of our sins on the cross. This particular theory of atonement is popular among Reformed Christians, and technically it is part of the reason why Jesus died. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) There are other reasons why Jesus died, but we’ll get to them some other day.
Now, even though I do believe PSA is part of the reason why Jesus had to die, there’s something about this theory of atonement that bothers me. When I hear people talk about PSA, they say things like, “Jesus came to save us from God,” or, “God poured His wrath upon His son,” or, “God was delighted to watch His Son die.” If you think about it, this kind of talk makes God sound like a drunk father who takes out his anger on his kids. But this is NOT the God I read about in the Bible! Instead, when I look at the cross, I see a God who voluntarily came down from His throne to suffer the consequences of my disobedience--death--so that I might live. As the old hymn says, “Amazing love, how can it be/ that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”
What do you think? Penal Substitutionary Atonement--yes or no?
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