When the P people came to the Lord, they expressed their understanding of the Gospel in many different ways.
Here are some of their comments describing what Christ did for them on the cross, and how he set them free:
“All the bad that we have done was heaped up on him. All our stealing, our bad thinking, our looking and desiring forbidden women, our gossiping about others, our being angry in our hearts, our believing in other gods, yes, it all was put on Him, being as if it was truly heavy. He interveningly bore our sin in his body. He became as a sinner bearing all our sin. Not having sinned once he became as one who sinned much. And therefore the true Father and the true Spirit left Him. Because of our bad that was put on Him, they left him alone on the pole that stood there on Headbone hill. Yes, He was alone. He had no togetherness and fellowship with His Father because of our sin. And therefore the true Son yelled out, ‘My God, my God, why have you gone far away from me, leaving me behind?’ But he remained there on the pole, suffering greatly for us. And the anger of God fell on him. Yes, it fell on Him instead of on us. Yes, He is our substitute anger-bearer.”
“We have sinned against our Lord-Owner-Boss and He is demanding blood and death from us. He is demanding blood and death as a payment for our sin. We have nothing with which to pay. No, we are connected-to-Adam ones. We are living-in-darkness ones….and therefore it is as if our hands are empty. No, we have nothing with which to make things right. We have nothing to give to the One who is demanding blood and death from us. But the Payer, ah yes, He has a payment for sin. His blood ran out for us. He died for us. And with his blood and death, he paid substitutionally for us. He paid to the One who is demanding blood and death from us. He finished paying the whole debt. Yes, His payment was enough. He paid leaving no debt staying behind. The true Father saw His blood and death and thought, “Ah yes, it is enough, it is acceptable.” And so through the Payer Jesus, we will get a payment. He is our substitute debt-payer.”
“It’s like we were lost in a huge, dark jungle, far away from the trail. But now, by the true God’s words which are like a fire-container (flashlight), we have come out into the open. It is all because of Jesus, the one whose blood ran for us.”
“It’s like we were trapped and separated on the other side of a huge river and couldn’t get across. But through Jesus, we have now crossed the river. He is the One that resembles a canoe. He is the “Great Intervener”.
“It’s like we were all bound up with ropes. We were all entangled in the “way-off teaching and lies that our forefathers had passed on down to us….BUT Christ has untied us, and has set us free.”
“It’s like we were shut up in a prison with no hope of ever getting out. BUT Jesus bought us with his valuable blood, and took us out of what resembled a prison, and set us free.”
“It’s like we were living as blind ones. We truly could not see. It is like the great evil one had poked our eyes out. We lived only in darkness. But the Deliverer fixed things up. It’s like he has opened our eyes. It’s like he has given us seeing. Now we are like Bartimaeus….who was once blind but came to see.”
“We don’t live in fear now. We live having much hope. We are now on-our-way-to-heaven ones. The Lord-Owner-Boss is now our Saviour.”
“As Noah was secure in the ark and never got wet and never felt the true God’s anger, so in the same way now, we too are secure in what Christ did for us. As Noah was “shut in” and safe, so we also are shut into Christ and are totally safe. It’s like God shut the door and locked us into the safe place.”
“Because our sins are totally paid for, because all the anger that should have fallen on us fell on our Substitute anger bearer, well, we are now in the place of no anger. Yes, we are in the place of no casting out into the hot place. We are in the place of no danger and in the place of no fear. It’s like we are sitting on the true God’s lap and He is always hugging us.”
“As Lot escaped the anger of God when He sent fire and brimstone down on Sodom and Gomorrah , now we too have escaped the anger of God. All the anger that should of fallen on us because of our sin fell on the Lord Jesus instead when he bore our sins on the tree. And it is now as if we are in the burnt off place. The anger of God came like fire across the plains….BUT we are in the burnt off place now, the place of no anger, the place of no danger, where the fire can’t burn again.”