God Killed Jesus

November 1, 2011

I know this isn’t new for the folks at Bowman but it’s still good to hear it from the lips of someone else. Here’s Piper from Saturday:

I know it sounds harsh to speak of God killing Jesus. Killing so easily connotes sinning and callous cruelty. God never sins. And he is never callous. The reason I say that God killed his own Son is because Isaiah 53 uses this kind of language. Verse 4: ‘We esteemed him stricken, smitten by God.’ God smote him. Verse 6: ‘The Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Verse 10: ‘It was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief.’ God smote him. God crushed him.

This is the very center of our Christian faith: God substituted Jesus for us.

— John Piper“Jesus Died to Gather the Children of God”(Minneapolis, Minn.: Desiring God Ministries, Oct. 29, 2011)

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2 Responses to “God Killed Jesus”


  1. Here I think of Gal. 3: 13-14…curse and death for Christ, note “becoming a curse for us”. It is a divine curse in the place of the Law of God, and fulfilled only by Christ, the “Lamb of God”, and for sinners! See also, 2 Cor. 5: 21.


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