The Cross of Jesus
Marion Romney, Ensign, pg. 6 May 1982; “Having thus taken upon himself mortality, having suffered in Gethsemane for the sins of all men, and having given his life on the cross, there remained for him but to break the bonds of death—the fourth and last requirement—to complete his earthly mission as Redeemer.”
Colossians 2:13-14; “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”
Okay the whole idea that Jesus seemed to have a list of requirements to fulfill His mission is rather disturbing, but with that aside Jesus did NOT pay for man’s sins in the Garden of Eden! If He paid for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, why did He have to die?
If He paid for sins in the Garden of Gethsemane then what’s up with John 18:11 which says;
“Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
If He paid for sins in the Garden then why did Jesus say what He did in John 15:13;
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”?
If Jesus paid for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane then why did Jesus tell Nicodemus that He must be lifted up just as Moses was?
John 3:14-15; “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
If Jesus paid for sins in the Garden of Gethsemane then what does Leviticus 17:11 mean to us today?
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
As you can imagine this list will just keep going and going. One other passage that comes to mind is found in Hebrews 9:12-15. Jesus made ONE sacrifice, not two, not three…ONE.
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
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