In 1998, I went to Austin, Texas to a conference called “Passion 98.” It was there that the Lord began a spiritual renewal (a Copernican revolution of sorts) in my own heart and mind concerning the Supremacy of God over all things for the joy of all peoples. It all began with a sermon delivered by John Piper on Romans 3:25-26, “Did Christ Die for Us or for God?” This sermon more than any other has shaped my view of the meaning of Christ’s work on the cross–that it was a propitiatory sacrifice for sinners. Piper quoted C. E. B. Cranfield, calling this the “innermost meaning of the cross.”
On this Good Friday, listen to this sermon, and ponder anew what Christ’s death was and is for us.[audio:http://www.dennyburk.com/Audio/Piper-Romans3.mp3]
Here is a manuscript of an earlier version of the sermon.