The Passion and the Cross
THE PASSION AND THE CROSS
Martin RobinsonFirst published in 2000 as “Why did Jesus have to Die”, this book is intended to help both Christians and enquirers to 'make sense of the cross, the life and death of Jesus and the Christian faith'.
The author's aim to make it accessible by avoiding technical language is largely successful. Starting from the cross as an everyday symbol, he moves logically and compellingly from its historicity, the understanding of first century Christians, and the nature of sacrifice, leading to an account of the scriptural doctrine of atonement and reconciliation. Briefly noting some other viewpoints, the author nevertheless urges his own orthodox 'substitutionary' approach. This straightforward interpretation of the consistent burden of Old and New Testaments is the most likely to help people truly seeking to understand the cross. A most valuable book to encourage and equip Readers to preach Christ crucified. The 'Passion' in the new title (even its typography!), linking it strongly with Mel Gibson's film, will facilitate passing on to others a book particularly needed by twenty-first century Christians whose faith is grounded mainly on their own subjective experience.
Reviewed by Derek Baldwin