That Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, died on a Roman cross, was dead and buried, and on the third day rose again from the dead is history. The events of the last week’s of Jesus’ life and subsequent resurrection from his death is one of the most well-established and documented historical messages we could learn about which has made monumental impacts throughout the continents of the earth throughout the centuries. This is history. But the meaning of those events is doctrine. Jesus’ predictions of the events were given meaning by him and those who were sent by him (apostles) wrote about the events and spoke of them both historically and about them doctrinally. In our current sermon series through Luke, we have paused to consider what we believe is the most meaningful event of human history- Christ crucified.
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that when he was with them, he resolved to proclaim nothing but Christ him crucifed–that is, the history of Jesus’ crucifixion and its doctrinal meaning. He didn’t just tell them the story, but he assigned doctrinal meaning to it. One fascinating verse was 1 Corinthians 5:7
“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Jesus is called both our Passover, and our sacrifice. His cross was assigned profound meaning as Passover, this was what our sermon from July 26, 2020 explored, listen here. On August 2, 2020, we’ll examine what we mean that Jesus is our sacrifice.