I was watching Adam Hamilton’s sermon on the meaning of Jesus’ death the other day.
Here is what I heard. First, all theories of the atonement are metaphors. Taking them as literal is an error. It is poetry not economics or juridical practice. Second, the atonement is primarily about how the cross changes us. It is God’s message to inspire and motivate us.
That is not all that was said, of course, but those were the two main ideas I heard. What about you?