Thursday, May 24, 2012

The emperor beaten for the servants' sins

In his book, 10 Lies about God, Erwin Lutzer references The Last Emperor, relating how the young child ruler of China lives a life of pleasure.  At one point in the movie the young emperor's brother asks him, "What happens when you do wrong?" 

"When I do wrong, someone else is punished," replies the emperor.  This he demonstrates by breaking a jar, for which a servant is beaten.

Lutzer draws an analogy with Christianity: "In Christian theology, Christ does one better than that.  In the movie, the emperor does wrong and a servant is beaten; in Christianity, the servants do wrong and the Emperor is beaten.  In the presence of God, we are always in the wrong, but thankfully, Christ puts us in the right.  That is grace" (p. 184; emphasis added).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Substitutional (vicarious) atonement of God's own Son is the grandest act that has ever been known. No other event in all time and eternity will ever surpass this monumental, supreme act of love. And none will escape severe, eternal vengeance who spurns it. For, as it is written: "3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him" (Hebrews 2:3).
HERE ARE SOME OF THE GRAND PASSAGES THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS AS A TESTIMONY TO THE WORLD'S MOST MONUMENTAL DEED: 16
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
8 "
But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful." (Romans 5:8)
FROM ISAIAH 53:
" 4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
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He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities." --Dad