What is the most important passage in the Bible? Now ask that question again, only substitute verse for passage. Then consider whether any particular word stands out among all others. Have you located the most important word in the Bible?
There will never be unanimity on the question of the Bible’s most important word, but people have argued for Romans 3:25-26 as its most meaningful passage. I agree, and I think Murray Harris is right when he says propitiation is the most significant word in those verses.
On Sunday, March 18, 2012, I had the joy of preaching Romans 3:25-26. Talking about propitiation (wrath-aversion-through-satisfaction) opens up the world of the Gospel.
Propitiation is the needed word-window to Jesus on the cross. It tells us what happened on that rugged tree, and its reality is what makes the gospel good news.
We don’t use propitiation in everyday language, but that five-syllable term is glorious for reasons unfolded here (the sermon’s audio link).
May God’s kindness leave us amazed at the wonder of Christ, the Sinner’s Substitute, Merciful Propitiation, and Wrath-Averting Son of God.
Ever wonder what Paul means when he said Jesus was raised “on the third day” according to the Scriptures? Where in the Bible does it say the Messiah will rise on day three?
In a helpful post Jim Hamilton (pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church and professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) shows how Jesus fulfills Old Testament patterns of “third day” statements. Enjoy!
When I first read Russell Moore’s Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (which you should buy and read if you haven’t), the following paragraph moved me deeply:
“But sometime before dawn on a Sunday morning, a spike-torn hand twitched. A blood-crusted eyelid opened. The breath of God came blowing into that cave, and a new creation flashed into reality. God was not simply delivering Jesus–and with him all of us–from death, he was also vindicating him–and with him all of us.”
From Tempted and Tried, p. 125.
What was between the death of Jesus and his resurrection? Saturday. Here’s a poetic reflection of that silent day:
“Between the Cross and Empty Tomb”
On Saturday his body lay
Silent, still, and cold,
Entombed for one more night before
The stone began to roll.
Darkness seemed to triumph while
God the Son lay dead,
But in the morn his hands would pull
The cloth from ’round his head.
Disciples, now consumed with fear,
Did mourn their master’s death.
Yet joy would rise with Sunday’s sun
And new creation’s breath.
For one more night all hope seemed lost
As death claimed the last word,
But this second day would end with
Resurrection on the third.