Solo: Zac Lange
If Jesus must die to save us, then isn't Christianity just another one of those bloodthirsty, primitive, religions where angry God's demand human sacrifices in order to make peace? If that is true, then it is no wonder why people would walk away shaking their heads. But today we learn that Jesus' sacrifice is not required to appease and angry God, but rather Jesus' own love for humankind compels him to offer himself as the sacrifice in our place. All life-changing love involves sacrifice. The Toll on the road to peace with God is expensive: so expensive, we could never pay it. Yet Jesus, in love, pays it for us. No this is not the story of an angry God demanding a sacrifice from us, it is the story of a loving God willingly sacrificing himself for us. The two stories couldn't be more different.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.