What is the truth of the cross? It may sound to many like a very simple question. Yet we live in a time where the truth and reason for Christ’s death has become hijacked by many who have made something entirely different of it. People like Brian McLaren appear to be reinventing the purpose of Christ’s death while others like Rob Bell have determined that Christ’s sacrifice was a sort of psychological relief to get people to realize that they did not need to sacrifice animals to please God (see Drops Like Stars, Love Wins, and his tour video The Gods Aren’t Angry).
It is in this time that books like RC Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross become more and more essential to the preservation of the truth of our faith. In his easy conversational style, Sproul begins at the beginning (a very good place to start) and describes our desperate need for a Savior. He walks us through the covenant that God made with Abraham to bless all the nations through him. Sproul then analyzes our vast debt of sin and the impossibility of our repayment.