The cross of Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. It is essential to understanding the message of the Bible. And it is the very best part of the very best news that the world has ever heard. Yet in many churches, the cross is hard to find. It may be present in the architecture. It may be visible on the screens. People might be wearing it as jewelry. But the cross is stunningly absent from the songs and sermons in many congregations. Why?
Lots of people these days are eager to embrace a self-help, relational-therapy version of Christianity. A version of Christianity where God is a loving best friend and nothing more, where ideas like God's righteousness and wrath have no place. A version of Christianity that doesn’t need the cross. In My Place Condemned He Stood is our effort to bring us back to the cross, to bring us back to the central building blocks of our faith and the gospel. In this series, we trace the theme of substitutionary atonement - the teaching that Jesus bore the wrath of God, for us, in our place - through the whole Bible, so that we can see the centrality of the cross and the glory of God in it.