7 March 2014

The Last Word

Passage: Matthew 4: 1-11, Romans 5:12-19

Our theology is a theology of grace. Even as sinners, God loves us and although the line of thought has a certain complexity to it, in today’s epistle to the Romans Paul identifies it again. Jesus is God’s gracious gift to a world in which sin is real and apparent. In Jesus God speaks one last defiant word in a world – to a world - enslaved to sin and injustice.

If we jettison a concept of sin from our human history and contemporary human experience then Jesus’ death on the cross makes him looks more like the village idiot, a mad martyr who dies without a cause, than the miracle working messiah who acts for salvation.

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