29:27 ? ?when the burnt offering began, the song of Jehovah began also.?
(f) It alone gives proper place to the death of Christ as the central feature of his work, set forth in the ordinances, and of chief power in Christian experience.
Martin Luther, when he had realized the truth of the Atonement, was found sobbing before a crucifix and moaning: ?Fur mich! fur mich!? ? ?For me! for me!? Elisha Kane, the Arctic explorer, while searching for signs of Sir John Franklin and his party, sent out eight or ten men to explore the surrounding region. After several days three returned, almost crazed with the cold ? thermometer fifty degrees below zero ? and reported that the other men were dying miles away. Dr. Kane organized a company of ten and though suffering himself, with an old heart-trouble, led them to the rescue. Three times he fainted during the eighteen hours of marching and suffering but he found the men. ?We knew you would come! We knew you would come, brother!? whispered one of them, hardly able to speak. Why was he sure Dr. Kane would come? Because he knew the stuff Dr. Kane was made of and knew that he would risk his life for any one of them. It is a parable of Christ?s relation to our salvation. He is our elder brother, bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and he not only risks death, but he endures death, in order to save us.
(g) It gives us the only means of understanding the sufferings of Christ in the garden and on the cross, or of reconciling them with the divine justice.
Kreibig, Versohnungslehre: ?Man has a guilt that demands the punitive sufferings of a mediator. Christ shows a suffering that cannot be justified except by reference to some other guilt than his own. Combine these two facts, and you have the problem of the atonement solved.? J. G. Whittier: ?Through all the depths of sin and loss Drops the plummet of the Cross; Never yet abyss was found Deeper than the Cross could sound.? Alcestis purchased life for Admetus her husband by dying in his stead; Marcus Curtius saved Rome by leaping into the yawning chasm; the Russian servant threw himself to the wolves to rescue his master. Berdoe, Robert Browning, 47 ? ?To know God as the theist knows him may suffice for pure spirits, for those who have never sinned, suffered, nor felt the need of a Savior but for fallen and sinful men the Christ of Christianity is an imperative necessity. Those who have never surrendered themselves to him have never known what it is to experience the rest he gives to the heavy-laden soul.?
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