Saturday, September 27, 2008

The forsaken Christ

A while back I posted about the justice of God concerning the crucifixion. The question was, "What kind of justice is it to punish an innocent person and let the guilty free?"

But perhaps we're looking at this wrong. I read Greg Boyd's blog about God withdrawing his grace from mankind who is then overcome by sin. He used an illustration of God holding man up from the gravity of sin, but when he lets go and gravity takes over, man falls into sin and destruction.

While Christ was sinless, he was not pulled down to sin through sin's gravity, but he "became sin for us." It could have been the Father removing his protection from Christ when the powers of the world in their sin, guided by the demonic powers, who then smote Christ (1 Cor. 2:8). This may be hinted at when Christ proclaimed, "Why have you forsaken me?"

Clearly I am not entirely convinced by this answer, and neither is Boyd, but it's an interesting view. (More disclaimer, I disagree quite a bit with Boyd's overall theology, but I appreciate his fervor for the Lord's work.)

What do you think of this explanation?

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