In today’s episode, we answer a reader question about how certain ideas about what happened on the cross (what theology geeks call “penal substitutionary atonement”) and other harmful interpretation passages can foster shame and decrease a queer person’s self-esteem. “For some reason, this is something I still struggle with, perhaps due to the toxic church environment I grew up in.”
We also queer this week’s passage from Luke 24:13-35. We talk about how beautiful it is for Jesus to have made an impact on his disciples that it allows him to reveal himself through simple gestures: gestures and actions that are somehow recognizable to those closest to him.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Queering the Bible course update [0:39]
- Shout out to Kaya Oakes who is our dear friend and has been a supporter ever since [5:50]
- A reader question about his struggles with the verse about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins [7:10]
- The atonement [8:04]
- Queer people were created in God’s image (also) [11:30]
- Invitation to Sanctuary Collective [15:51]
- We queer a text from Luke 24:13-35 [16:36]
- Brian’s view of Jesus [19:01]
- Things Jesus did that’s recognizable to others [22:40]
- Breaking the bread moment [24:07]
- “Recognition that we can find Jesus in these small moments that breakthrough in our daily lives.” [24:26]
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Webinar on atonement: Why Did Jesus Die?
On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him.
He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stopped, their faces downcast.
The one named Cleopas replied, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who is unaware of the things that have taken place there over the last few days?”
He said to them, “What things?”
They said to him, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his powerful deeds and words, he was recognized by God and all the people as a prophet. But our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago. But there’s more: Some women from our group have left us stunned. They went to the tomb early this morning and didn’t find his body. They came to us saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women said. They didn’t see him.”
Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! Your dull minds keep you from believing all that the prophets talked about. Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then he interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets.
When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”
They got up right then and returned to Jerusalem. They found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying to each other, “The Lord really has risen! He appeared to Simon!” Then the two disciples described what had happened along the road and how Jesus was made known to them as he broke the bread.
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