“The cross is too important a matter to be left to the theologians. If it is true that God almighty was in Christ redeeming the world on Calvary, then we need to understand what that cross can mean for ordinary individuals and communities.”
With this conviction, Green reexamines the question of atonement. Why did Jesus have to die? How could a loving God allow his son to suffer? And what role does the resurrection play in this divine drama? Rooting his discussion in Scripture, Green opens up the meaning of Easter in an easy, nontechnical style. The empty cross of Jesus liberates the theologian, inspires the preacher, comforts the counselor, and fortifies every disciple for a life of self-sacrifice.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. What God Has Joined… The Cross 2. The Most Famous Death in History 3. Why Did Jesus Think He Had to Die? 4. Why Did the Disciples Think He Had to Die? 5. Why Did Latter Centuries Think He Had to Die? 6. The Cost of Forgiveness The Resurrection 7. Empty Cross, Empty Tomb? 8. Objections Considered 9. The Implications of Easter 10. The Heart of the Good News The Empty Cross 11. The Empty Cross and the Theologian 12. The Empty Cross and the Preacher 13 .The Empty Cross and the Counsellor 14. The Empty Cross and the Disciple 15. The Empty Cross and the Destiny of Man Appendix: The Cross . . . and the Passion of the Christ Select Bibliography
Michael Green (1930–2019) was one of the best-known British evangelical theologians and preachers of his generation. A scholar with degrees from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Toronto, Green had a passion for evangelism and a rare talent for communicating complex ideas in easy-to-understand language. In 1996, Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey granted Green a Lambeth degree of Doctor of Divinity. ?He led university missions on six continents, pastored St. Aldate's Church Oxford, and introduced innovative approaches in seminary education. He authored more than seventy books across a range of fields, including evangelism, apologetics, biblical commentary, and academic theology.
“The book is interestingly written, not too technical, and covers many significant theological topics. It is helpful on many practical issues, up-to-date, and pastoral in its approach. It catches the significance of Jesus' resurrection in a masterly way, and contains many memorable lines. It will be a source of spiritual enrichment for many people.” —Anthony A. Hoekema, in Calvin Theological Journal
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