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Absorb the Wrath of God - by Michael Phillips
The Passion of Jesus Christ - Part 2 of 51
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Galatians 3:13
Sep 15, 2004 pm - short book by Dr. John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Unlike the Mel Gibson movie, it does not focus on what the Lord suffered on the cross, but why He suffered on the cross. Why did the Son of God die the shameful death He did? Human reasons can be found in the Bible: the Rulers of Israel were envious, Pontius Pilate was cowardly and Judas loved money. This is a true answer, but it is not a complete answer. The book barely touches on the human reasons for the cross. It's all about God's reason. It answers the question, Why did God send His Son to the cross? The word, 'send' was chosen carefully. God did not 'permit' His Son to die on the cross, He sent Him to the cross! From eternity, He decreed His death-and not just a death, but this death. When the time came for Christ to die, His Father did nothing to stop the villains from doing it, and more than that, He Himself added to His Son's pain. The words may be disturbing, but they're also true. It pleased the Lord to bruise Him. He has put Him to open shame. Why did the Lord do this to His Son? The Jews of the First Century had an answer: because He deserved it-He is stricken, smitten of God, ... More >>>

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