Today in Worship
 
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Today in worship, we will briefly examine one of the most critical doctrines of our faith and an essential component of the true Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement. In today’s text, just after Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ, Jesus responds by plainly stating what sort of Christ or Messiah he is: One that must suffer, be rejected, and be killed. This was not what Peter expected to hear. He wanted to follow a conquering hero, not mourn a crucified would-be king. 
And yet, Jesus’ death was His royal mission. Jesus didn’t say that he would experience all those things, but that he must. 
Why? Why was it a must that Jesus die?
Today, as I answer that question, we’ll consider what God’s Word says about justice, love, and the redemptive mercy of Christ, and how we all should respond to it and live as a result of it.
May we, like the Apostle Paul be able to say: 
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20