Since “Atonement” is one of those words which may strike us as too theological to comprehend, the Bible gives us several “languages” which communicate what atonement means using scenarios we can relate to. We explore 5 of these languages: The Battlefield, The Marketplace, The Temple, The Law Courts, and Exile. And we ask 3 questions of each: Where does this language place me w/out Jesus? Where does this language place Jesus? And where does this language place me once I am in Jesus?
The language of offering is all over the New Testament - applied to financial contributions, converts in mission work, bringing worship to the throne of God, even our bodies being a living sacrifice in service to others. But to understand the significance of the Quality of an offering, we need a passage like Malachi 1 to shake us up and open our eyes to how God sees anything which falls short of our best.
In this great Christ-Hymn of Philippians 2, we learn from Jesus that exaltation only comes because of humility. We walk through this text backwards to see the points that are being made to Christians in how they relate to one another.
We look at 3 occasions in Mark's Gospel when disciples questioned the language Jesus used of His coming death. These questions point to a larger one: Did God have to die?