“Why did Jesus die?’ “What does that have to do with sin? “Why is the Bible such a bloody book?” These are some of the questions asked and answered today by Ken Craig on the Florida College lecture program. He also addressed the issue of the relevance of the Old Testament for a 21st century generation that must find relevancy in everything.
I knew of Ken Craig through my friend Dan DeGarmo. And was familiar with his book “The Big Picture of the Bible.” But today I was privileged both to hear and meet him. His lecture, “The Sacrificial System: The Offering of the Body of Jesus Christ Once and for All,” was a demonstration of his “Big Picture” view of the Bible. It is an excellent approach.
In this presentation Ken explains the universal practice of sacrificing something innocent when the holy God is affronted by sin. Since God is holy, nothing is more abhorrent to Him than our sins and iniquities, which separate us from his fellowship and severs our relationship with Him. Ken explained the concept of sin resulting in spiritual death, mortal death and judicial death. He says, “we are in a very desperation situation. We have broken the laws of the God of the universe. This has separated us from a holy God and death is required for a payment by a just God.”
Ken explains how the mercy and grace of God enter the picture to provide for man what he could not do and what he does not deserve–provide for him life, and spare him from death. This presentation is a magnificent and profound, yet easy to understand, explanation of how the Levitical system of animal sacrifice served as a type for Jesus, the Lamb of God, “who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
For anyone who ever questioned how a person is saved, what he must do, and why baptism is an integral part of that process, Ken Craig’s lecture and “Big Picture” approach can provide the Biblical answers so sorely lacking in today’s religious climate.
For those not as blessed as I was to be present today and who have an interest in being able to understand and clearly articulate these important issues, I would recommend the FC Lecture book, the audio recording of this lesson, and the “The Big Picture of the Bible.” (BTW, I have no affiliation or financial interest in either Florida College Bookstore, or DeWard Publishing Company, which published “The Big Picture.” I’m simply wanting to share something with you that is spiritually beneficial.)
During the course of Ken Craig’s lecture he said, “It’s all about relationship.” Being a Christian is not about religiosity, but a relationship with God. With Christ. With the Holy Spirit. And with fellow Believers. If we are not careful, we may allow ourselves to mindlessly go through the motions of “going to church,” without experiencing the intimacy that God seeks. James exhorted, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” God cares about you. And me. He desires that we experience the fullness of fellowship and closeness of kinship with Him.
I would encourage you to spend some time with Ken Craig’s materials. I believe they will do you good. And in turn help you to help others.
–Ken Weliever, the Preacherman