October 22, 2006

Rosie Perera - “Christ as Victor, Sacrifice and Example”

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Rosie Perera talked on "Christ as Victor, Sacrifice and Example" (see: Jonathan R. Wilson, God so loved the World, A Christology for Disciples, Baker Academic, 2001). (1) Christ was Victor both in life (miracles, resurrection) and death. His death is seen as destroying death itself, and his willingness to submit to death is seen as an act of obedience (Phil. 2:5-8). Christ only freed prisoners from death but also as destroyed the prison of death. (2) Christ as Sacrifice was a theme in an early Christian hymn (again, Phil. 2:6-8) reminding us that even though God desired mercy rather than sacrifice, Paul and others (Romans 3, Hebrews 10) taught that Jesus introduced a new way, moving us away from temple sacrifices and towards approaching God directly though Christ as our ever-present high priest. Rosie reminded us that the ultimate target of God's wrath is sin, not sinners. (3) Christ as Example. God was often cited in the O.T. as the ultimate example of how to live ("Be holy as I am holy") but N.T. writings cite Jesus as our exemplar ('wash each others feet just as I have washed yours', i.e., live sacrificially for each other). Without a good balance of these three understandings of Christ Jesus, our theology can become incomplete. The church year's lectionary readings and themes seek to bring balance to our thinking and worship by focusing on each of these aspects of Christ in turn throughout the year. [JEK]


Passage: Col 2:13-15; Phil 2:5-8; Eph 4:32-5:2
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Speaker: Rosie Perera
Worship Leader: Henry Neufeld
Song Leader: Andre Pekovich
Pianist: Ruth Enns
Usher: Erika Hannan
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Children's Feature Leader: Karl Brown


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