I’ve been lurking for the past few weeks. I was raised a JW, but was never baptized. I faded away about 20 years ago, when, at the age of 27, I decided to go to college. My mother is still a lukewarm JW. My older brother and younger sister were also raised as JWs. My sister was never baptized and faded in her late teens; my brother was baptized at 16 and is now a servant of some sort in his congregation (out of state). My father was an un-opposing non-believer.
That being said , I’d like to bring up a topic that I’ve been wondering about lately, and that is the idea of the ransom sacrifice. I’ve been out of the loop, so to speak, for a long time, and realize my thinking might be a little rusty when it comes to doctrine and so forth, but in my mind the idea that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice on the “torture stake” is puzzling.
It seems to me, when you make a sacrifice, you are actually giving up something that you really want or value. For instance, I might want to go to a much anticipated one-time-only event tonight, but my wife wants to go to a movie. In the interest of marital harmony and my wife’s happiness, I decide to sacrifice my event in favor of her movie. I can never go to that particular event again.
Now Jesus, we are told, gave up (sacrificed) his life as a ransom for our sins. But what did he really give up? He knew he would be raised on the third day, and to an even more exalted position.
Wouldn’t you or I do the same thing? But would you or I (or Jesus) agree to make that sacrifice if we knew we wouldn’t be resurrected, that in fact we’d be dead eternally?
I guess the question is, did Jesus “die” for our sins, or was he “sacrificed” for our sins? What is the current JW teaching on this?