About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Iíd like to say something about the cross and Iíll be brief because this topic could fill a whole book in itself. How we understand what happened on the cross will determine greatly how we interpret the Old Testament. In Gal. 3:13 Paul says, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us". If you donít understand that Jesus was cursed on your behalf then youíre likely to interpret certain Old Testament passages incorrectly. Youíll probably think itís still possible to be under some kind of curse. This is not New Testament thinking.
Another aspect of the cross which would also include the ascension is the fact that we now can have the Holy Spirit in our lives, bringing us into the New Testament age. This fact alone should bring a New Testament perspective to the Old Testament.
These are just two examples of how the cross is a multi-faceted event. Forgiveness wasnít the only thing Jesus purchased for us on the cross. If you understand the totality of what Jesus did on the cross, I guarantee youíll have a different approach to the Old Testament.