Thoughts on the Way Home

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

God Killed Jesus


“I know it sounds harsh to speak of God killing Jesus. Killing so easily connotes sinning and callous cruelty. God never sins. And he is never callous. The reason I say that God killed his own Son is because Isaiah 53 uses this kind of language. Verse 4: ‘We esteemed him stricken, smitten by God.’ God smote him. Verse 6: ‘The Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Verse 10: ‘It was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief.’ God smote him. God crushed him.

This is the very center of our Christian faith: God substituted Jesus for us.”

— John Piper

HT: Of First Importance