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Post by hstrelow on Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:39 pm

The New Testament gives us many ways to understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Choose one model of the atonement that you have not used before. Summarize how you could share the gospel on campus using that model.
I found the most interesting and familiar model to be the the ransom model. I have not explicitly used this in my explanation of the Gospel before, but it reminded me of the depiction of the Gospel found in The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The picture of Aslan and the witch gathering together to strike a deal over the life of Edmund stuck out to me. If I were wanting to explain the Gospel to a student using this model, I would likely watch this movie with them. If time did not permit, I would share with them the concept of always being a slave. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to God. I could use the scripture Romans 6:15-23 to discuss the transition from being a slave to sin to being a slave to righteousness and how much better it is to be a slave to righteousness than a slave to sin. I feel there are several avenues to take this model down in an understanding and even engaging way.

What is the link between Jesus' preaching of the kingdom and his death on the cross?
Through Jesus' death, God finally became King of Israel. Through his death, this Kingdom that he was so intent on discussing was finally inaugurated. Israel was invited into a new covenant where they were called to a new way of life. The kingdom became accessible through Jesus' death and resurrection. Jesus spent the end of his ministry preaching about what the Kingdom was to be like. This led him to begin teaching on the end of the current way and his end on earth. And just when it seemed that his messianic nature was false, he rose again and awakened a new way of life. During his preaching on the Kingdom, he warned them of the coming wrath. Through his death, that wrath was dealt with and the Kingdom he encouraged people with was available.
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Post by S.h.ave on Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:26 pm

hstrelow wrote:The New Testament gives us many ways to understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Choose one model of the atonement that you have not used before. Summarize how you could share the gospel on campus using that model.
I found the most interesting and familiar model to be the the ransom model. I have not explicitly used this in my explanation of the Gospel before, but it reminded me of the depiction of the Gospel found in The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The picture of Aslan and the witch gathering together to strike a deal over the life of Edmund stuck out to me. If I were wanting to explain the Gospel to a student using this model, I would likely watch this movie with them. If time did not permit, I would share with them the concept of always being a slave. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to God. I could use the scripture Romans 6:15-23 to discuss the transition from being a slave to sin to being a slave to righteousness and how much better it is to be a slave to righteousness than a slave to sin. I feel there are several avenues to take this model down in an understanding and even engaging way.

What is the link between Jesus' preaching of the kingdom and his death on the cross?
Through Jesus' death, God finally became King of Israel. Through his death, this Kingdom that he was so intent on discussing was finally inaugurated. Israel was invited into a new covenant where they were called to a new way of life. The kingdom became accessible through Jesus' death and resurrection. Jesus spent the end of his ministry preaching about what the Kingdom was to be like. This led him to begin teaching on the end of the current way and his end on earth. And just when it seemed that his messianic nature was false, he rose again and awakened a new way of life. During his preaching on the Kingdom, he warned them of the coming wrath. Through his death, that wrath was dealt with and the Kingdom he encouraged people with was available.


I think that the Chronicle of Narnia reference is superb for this approach. It is clear that Aslan paid the ransom needed for Edmund's safe return, and in this the gospel is displayed. I would wager that the Chronicles of Narnia is a good way to share the gospel with students, even if to give them a general picture of what the gospel looks like.

Hope's claim "Through Jesus' death, God finally became King of Israel," thoroughly caught my attention. It is definitely a bold claim, and shocking that upon one's death, they would become king. I agree that the Kingdom "was finally inaugurated," but in order to say that God was King of Israel, I would need to specify that He is King of the spiritual Israel, not the physical one. It is interesting to note that from the start, God wanted to be King of Israel, but the people wanted an earthly king. I would wager, however, that God remained King while His people constantly deserted Him.
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