1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Colossians 2:13-14 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.
2 Corinthians 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
They brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take. (Mark 15:22-24)
From the perspective of faith, Jesus on the cross is the paschal lamb, sacrificed for the salvation of the world. He is the holy scapegoat, the rejected one, upon whom we have placed all our sins. Paul was adamant about the salvific effect of the cross. In this one
act, the world is forgiven and a new creation has begun.
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From Uwe Brammer
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Lord, when you were nailed to the cross, that most dreaded symbol of defeat, you also accepted the burden of all the sins of the world. In your humiliation, the world paradoxically gained its savior, its redeemer, its hope. Let our faith in the cross shine in all that we think and speak and do. Amen.