“We shouldnâ€™t read the Old Testament without placing it in the context of the ‘surprise ending’ of the New. Otherwise, itâ€™s very much like laying that novel down thirty pages shy of the end or turning that movie off with just a few minutes to go.” “The big news flash in Paulâ€™s day was that God was calling an entire people group who were historically not his people.” “Thatâ€™s what made John the Baptistâ€™s words so special as he shouted, â€œLook, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!â€ (John 1:29). The new, perfect Lamb had come on the scene to take away sins, not merely cover them. â€œAtonementâ€ is not a new covenant concept.” “Weâ€™re not part of a religion that requires us to look back and imitate a historical figure. Instead, we look within our own hearts, where Jesus literally resides today, and allow him to express himself in and through us, right here, right now.” “Religion tells us weâ€™ll be judged for our sins and collect rewards for our good deeds. God tells us that Jesus was punished for our sins and that knowing Jesus himself is our great reward.”
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