Pam Bailey, Brunswick Heads
Regarding the article The Easter Myth (Echo, April 17). I would like to address three issues that were raised:
1) Crucifixion: Jesus came to Earth to die. He knew beforehand that this was his purpose (Matthew 16:21). At the start of Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist proclaimed that he was ‘the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29). Isaiah had prophesied that there would be one who would come who would be ‘pierced for our transgressions’ and be ‘led like a lamb to the slaughter’ (Isaiah 53: 5,7). The Jews understood the need for a blood sacrifice for sin.
2) Forgiveness: Sin was defined by the ten commandments and other laws given to Moses. Jesus took the law to another level – it was not just committing murder, it was being angry enough to want to. It was not just the act of adultery, it was the lustful look (Matthew ch 5).
No-one can maintain that standard. We all fall short and need forgiveness for the wrongs we have done whether in thought or deed.
The difference is that some, like the tax collector in Jesus’s parable, are aware of their need for forgiveness and receive it, while some, like the self-righteous pharisee remain just that (Luke 18:9–14).
3) Salvation: This is the good news of Easter – Jesus died for each one of us. Our slate is wiped clean and we can have a wonderful new life in relationship with him. The choice is yours (John 10:10).