《The Cross: The Heart of Christianity 十架：基督信仰之核心》
【圣经《1 Corinthians》 2:1-5 《哥林多前书》第二章1~5节】
When I came to you, brothers and sisters,I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
至于我（保罗），弟兄们，我从前到你们那里去，并没有用高妙的言语和智慧对你们传讲神的奥秘。因为我已下定决心，在你们当中，只知道被钉十字架的耶稣基督，其他一概不知。而且，我在你们那里的时候，又软弱，又害怕，又战战兢兢； 我说的话和我讲的信息，都不是用智慧的说服力，而是以圣灵的大能为凭证， 好让你们的信心不是凭借人的智慧，而是凭借神的大能。】
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The cross has become the symbol of Christianity, but it’s so much more than a mere piece of jewelry worn around the neck. The crucifixion of Christ is a central doctrine of our faith, and understanding it correctly is essential for eternal life. In fact, Paul was convinced the cross was the most vital subject he could address.
It’s important for us as believers to understand what happened on the cross—then we too can be thoroughly convinced of its supreme significance. It was not simply the execution of a Jewish man.
Although the Jews and the Romans viewed the crucifixion as the execution of a criminal, God saw the death of His Son as the perfect atoning sacrifice, which allowed for the justification of sinful mankind.
What transpired in that event was the solution to mankind’s biggest problem: sin and our resulting alienation from God. The crucifixion is the divine transaction that saves us. Only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin and reconcile us to the Father.
Nothing else is required to pay for our salvation. To be saved, all we must do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins.
《God’s Plan of Crucifixion 上主耶稣基督被钉十字架的“计划”》
You that are Israelites，listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth， a man attested to you by God with deeds of power， wonders， and signs that God did through him among you， as you yourselves know --- this man， handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God， you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up， having freed him from death， because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.
For David says concerning him，“I saw the Lord always before me，for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken；therefore my heart was glad， and my tongue rejoiced；moreover my flesh will live in hope.”
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Who was responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion? Though both the Jews and the Romans played a role in putting Him on the cross， God was the one who had already planned His Son’s death as atonement for mankind’s sin.
Peter made this very clear in his first sermon， and he also affirmed it many years later in his first epistle， saying of Christ， “He was foreknown before the foundation of the world， but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God” (1 Peter 1:20-21). Even before creation and the entrance of sin into the world， God already had a plan in place for the redemption of those who would believe in Him.
The Father’s plan for the crucifixion of His Son was motivated by the sinful， hopeless condition of mankind， His love for us， and His justice.
God could neither ignore our sin nor simply decide to forgive us， because those options would be unjust， and He cannot act contrary to His nature.
The cross was God’s way of fulfilling His predestined plan of salvation. Now all who trust in Christ can be forgiven and receive eternal life. Have you done this？