Crucifying Religion: How Jesus is the End of Religion
Jesus is the end of all religion. He did not come to tweak Judaism or create a new religion. When the nails were driven into his hands and feet, when the spear pierced his side, when he said, “It is finished,” all the religions we have invented were crucified. In the silence of his tomb and in Jesus’ resurrection power, the question, “What must I do to be saved,” receives its answer. All the sacrifices of priests and people are rendered null and void by Jesus’ one-time-for-all-time sacrifice for all people, everywhere, past, present, and future tense. Jesus’ death and resurrection save us from our own religiosity.
About the Author
Donavon Riley is a Lutheran pastor, conference speaker, author, Online Content Manager for the youth organization Higher Things, contributing writer for 1517, Christ Hold Fast, and the theological journal LOGIA. He is also the co-host of The Banned Books podcast and the As Lutheran As It Gets podcast. He currently lives in Minnesota with his wife and five children, a very large-sized Mastiff, and a less large-sized Shepherd.