“Got Questions? — Did Jesus Really Have to Die?”

On July 1, Pastor Katy preaches on Romans 5:6-11.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Throughout the year, especially during Lent, we hear the word atonement. We hear phrases like, Christ atones for our sins, and we know it means that Christ died for us, but how does that work? What does atonement really mean anyway? Sometimes trying to wrap our minds around the how of how Jesus paid the price for us is just confusing. It raises questions about God as a wrathful God, and why can’t God just choose to forgive us? It turns out that we are not alone in our questions and our confusion. For centuries, theologians have grappled with Christ’s atonement and have come up with countless theories about how Christ reconciles us to God, most of which are helpful, but none complete on its own. As we celebrate Holy Communion this Sunday, we remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, and delve into the mystery of His atonement.