Jesus Christ: The Risen Lord

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CHAPTER VI
Christ and the Cross

FOR NINETEEN CENTURIES CHRISTIAN FAITH HAS GIVEN the Cross a prominent place. In symbols and art, in hymns and worship, in thought and creed the Cross has been characteristic of Christianity. A tendency to stress the teaching and example of Jesus has marked recent decades, and this has been a good corrective of earlier tendencies to minimize Jesus' public ministry. But the Cross has been a focal center of Christian faith from the first century to our day.


The Cross in New Testament Preaching

This prominence begins and roots in the New Testament itself. Concerning its importance there, two general facts deserve notice.

1. The Cross was evidently a prominent feature of the early Christian message, and occupies a central place throughout the New Testament tradition and writings. The sermon summaries in Acts show that it was a basic feature of the apostolic preaching.1 The Gospels come to a decisive point in the passion story, and the fact that a quarter of the total space of the Gospels tells of the last week of Jesus' life indicates that the story of Jesus' death always held a prominent place in the gospel tradition. The apostle Paul confirms this. When he became a Christian, not more than six years after the death of Jesus, the basic confession and message delivered to him gave the crucifixion prominent mention ( I Cor. 15:3).

Other New Testament writings tell the same story. The Epistle to the Hebrews gives notable prominence to the death of Jesus. (7-10.) The Epistle of James is the one exception, unless the murdered "righteous

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Preface 5
  • Contents 7
  • Chapter I - Biblical Theology Basis and Method 9
  • Chapter II - Christ the Risen Lord 31
  • Chapter III - The Christ of Israel 58
  • Chapter IV - Christ and the Oid Testament 78
  • Chapter V - Christ and the Kingdom 93
  • Chapter VI - Christ and the Cross 111
  • Chapter VII - Christ and the Father 133
  • Summary 152
  • Chapter VIII - Christ and the Spirit 156
  • Summary 179
  • Chapter IX - Christ and the Church 181
  • Chapter X - Chrisst and the Christian 224
  • Chapter XI - Christ and the Final Goal 259
  • Index of Passages 280
  • Index of Persons and Subjects 285
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