When Isaiah speaks of the suffering servant we think that this is a champion who will prevail and will not falter. You would hope that a warrior would be one who would show up with armor, and adorned in such a way that the nations would tremble to be in his midst. However, this is not how the Lord conducts this war. What does this servant look like? What kind of servant and warrior do we see?
Christ’s arrest did not really go that smoothly considering all that happened. It was not carried out in stealth, it was not after the feast of unleavened bread, and ironically Christ told them how they could have executed this arrest with greater precision. Christ told them that if they quietly escorted Christ out of the temple it would have gone a lot smoother. If the leaders of Israel desire to maintain credibility they better hope that the trial goes much better. So, does the trial go better? Is there proof against Christ that grounds their claims that He is a legitimate problem? Or is this another example where fallen man cannot competently conspire against the Lord?
When we think about Christ on the cross it is not something that is celebratory. That means we do not look at this event and celebrate the reality of the promises of God. The reason why I say this is because Christ has died. He died on the cross for what? He died on the cross for our sins. The disciples are rattled, his followers are rattled, but what has Christ done that is so good? Why would we call this Good Friday and not Fatal Friday if this is about the death of Christ? Death means failure right? Or are we missing something about that?
We continue to consider the themes of the catechism and the issue of baptism. In many ways it is tempting to say that circumcision is associated with the Old Testament and baptism is associated with the New Testament. This could mean that the application of these signs are radically different. What can we see in Scripture that shows us that these signs might have more continuity than discontinuity? Ultimately, what should these signs be communicating to us that can be missed in the context of our discussion on infant baptism?
The Apostles’ creed states that Christ descended into hell. This is a statement that concerns people including Calvin. I do grant that it is confusing to speak of Christ descending into hell, but at the same time when we understand the intention of the statement it is something I would say is unclear, but also communicates something very significant. What is so significant about Christ bearing hell? Why does Christ have to endure hell’s suffering to accomplish redemption?
Our redemption is something that is very dramatic. Jesus Christ enters history by taking on the flesh through the virgin Mary. He then lives a perfect life and dies on the cross. The cross is something that is very offensive in terms of its design in history as it was engineered to dehumanize anyone executed by the means of crucifixion. So, if the cross is so offensive then why does Christ die on the cross? Why all this drama for such a simple goal to redeem the seed of the woman? So, why was Christ cursed for our redemption?