“This is the center of the theology of the Gospels. The cross of Jesus upholds the justice and the mercy of God, glorifying him. The kingdom dawns only because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, because of this definitive display of God’s glory in salvation through judgment. The end of the exile, new exodus, new covenant, and return from exile are all inaugurated by the death and resurrection of Jesus. God’s righteousness is supremely demonstrated, and his mercy is made known. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” (James M. Hamilton Jr., God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology, p. 400).

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