Friday, November 23, 2007
Just a really good post I thought I'd share.
Jesus' suffering redeems us from our sins because (among other reasons) the recognition of Gd's love purifies a person from sin, (It is inconceivable that a person who is aware of how much G-d loves him would sin.) and there is nothing that reveals that love like the Cross. That is why it is so very important to realize that Jesus chose the Cross, that it was out of love for us that he offered himself as a sin offering on the Cross.
Anti-semitism--hatred for the "Christ-killers"--is one of the greatest sins a Christian can commit, for it is a sin against Christianity itself. Insofar as it places responsibility for Jesus death on the Jewish People, it takes that responsibility away from Jesus, and so obscures the immeasurable love--the love of G-d for the sinner--which moved Him to choose the Cross. Anti-semitism undermines the central doctrine of Christian faith: the saving power of the Cross, for that saving power is ultimately the Divine love which it reveals, and anti-semitism conceals it.