This week began at a young adult weekend in Arbroath. We made more new friends and got to spend some time with others that we already knew. The speaker, Rev. Blaize, spoke on the topic of Christ’s work on the cross, and what his blood means for us, titling his series “Christ’s Precious Blood.” The week continued with our usual classes and a trip on Wednesday with Graham to Culross Abbey and Palace, and Castle Campbell. Thursday night the four of us headed into Glasgow to see the opera Don Giovanni, and Friday ended with Nate and Christopher giving their testimonies at the Covenanter Youth meeting.
The topic of redemption seemed to carry through the week from the retreat to the opera. Reverend Blaize spoke passionately on how Christ drank the entire cup of God’s wrath down to the last drop, taking away God’s wrath against any who will repent and believe in Christ as Lord and Savior. He shared how Christ’s death redeemed us from our slavery to sin and from the power of the law to condemn, making it so that we can freely obey and love God in gratitude for what he had done.
Our systematic theology class this week strengthened the lessons on Christ’s redeeming work. We learned about how it was necessary for the sacrifice for our sin to be both God and man – it had to be God because man does not have the ability to pay for his sin against God, but it had to be man because it was man that had committed sin against God. Because Christ is the only man who is also God and who lived a sinless life, he was the only option for removing God’s wrath and obtaining our redemption. Thursday night we were given a visual reminder of what happens to those who refuse to repent as we watched Don Giovanni.
The story of Don Giovanni illustrates man’s sinful nature and need for repentance. Don Giovanni is given many chances to repent of his misdeeds, but he refuses to do so and in the end is dragged down to Hell for his punishment. The moral of the story was that those who do evil will be damned. Perhaps it was intended to say the opposite as well – that those who do good will be saved. As a Christian I cannot agree with the latter, since all men are sinners (an important part of sharing the Gospel, as we’ve learned in our evangelism class) and must recognize their sin, repent, and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior for salvation. However, the former moral stands strong from a Biblical viewpoint. One of my companions commented that there was no redemption in the plot of Don Giovanni, and I must agree that it was lacking due to the absence of repentance. Though Don Giovanni fails to tell the sinner how to be redeemed, thankfully we have the Bible to show us the full story of Redemption and guide us to eternal life!