- Activist Feedback
- Essay: Jesus Made to Be Sin
- This Week’s Sermon from Rev.
Frank and Mary Hoffman
1. Activist Feedback
Hershey, who leafleted with David and Judy at a Winter Jam concert
inLittle Rock, Arkansas, writes:
David, Judy, and I handed out
1500 CVA booklets, mostly to kids, today. Everyone was polite,
and most were receptive. Thanks to Judy and David for their
assistance in making this a successful endeavor!
Essay: Jesus Made to Be Sin
This week, as promised, I will
look at the challenging passage 2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he
made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the
righteousness of God.
The Greek word translated as “made” can
be used to describe someone giving a property to someone else, such as
making a person rich by giving that person money. However, the story
of Jesus as told in the Gospels shows Jesus making choices for
himself, such as resisting temptations in the desert and choosing to
follow divine will. (See, for example, Matthew 26:39.) Jesus was
accused of sin by people, without any evident prompting by God. And,
if God really were like a puppeteer, forcing people to do things, then
human faith and service would be as meaningless as a computer that
dutifully abides by the commands of its programmer.
Jesus (as God is the source of all life), and I think God desired that
Jesus would choose to be the one whom we humans made into sin. Humans
would heap sin upon Jesus, just as humans have heaped sin upon
countless scapegoats. God was responsible for making Jesus to be sin
only insofar as God expected this to happen, because this is the fate
of prophets. I do not think that God desired for Jesus to suffer and
die; God offered Jesus this tragic destiny because God wanted to end
scapegoating violence. Therefore, I regard God as involved in Jesus’
death insofar as God empowered Jesus to expose the scapegoating
process, but God did not orchestrate the Crucifixion. When Jesus
defended victims and denounced victimizers, he scandalized both the
Jewish and Roman authorities, making his crucifixion inevitable.
If we receive this crucial message, we will resist the natural human
temptation to participate in the injustice and evil of the
scapegoating process. In doing so, “we might become the righteousness
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
3. This Week’s
Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
From Captives to Children of God