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Repurposing Religion

I have been reading John’s account of the death of Jesus. We rightly understand from scripture that the death of Jesus secured the eternal life of every person on the planet, past, present, and future; all we must do is believe in Jesus. This personal interpretation is correct, but it is not the only thing that the death and resurrection of Jesus was intended to accomplish.

John chapter 19:31-34 records (with a few sections emphasized):

Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water...

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