Thanks for the transcript, April! It helped immensely. I’ve tried making transcripts, but mine are laughable.
I appreciated Abdu’s analogy of a billionaire cosigning on a loan for someone who was almost certain to default. That’s exactly what Christ did for us. He agreed to pay the price before we were even created. I think of 1 Peter 1:18-20 (ESV):
Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you.
I’m still thinking about how to use this information in witnessing. A number of my friends are distrustful of the government and apt to say the legal system is corrupt. They might say it’s unjust to hold an employer liable for what his employee does. I’m quite certain they’d approve of cosigning on a loan, so I’m most inclined to use that analogy.
I might have to buy the books Abdu recommended because a friend of mine is uncomfortable with the idea of Christ’s substitutionary death, and I want to learn how to explain it better. Have you been able to discuss this with any of your skeptical friends? What seemed to help them the most?