I was in a parish Bible study last night and posed the following question, two parts actually: First, was Abraham a type of God the Father when he was about to sacrifice Isaac as he was commanded to do? Secondly, if so, can it be said that God the Father sacrificed His Son on the Cross? In other words, to ask the question, who killed Jesus, can it be said that His Father did? At first, the priest said, yes, Abraham is a type but then backed off of saying that God the Father was the primal cause of the death of His Son.
I’ve asked this question of a Lutheran and Presbyterian minister and they answered, yes. The reasoning was that, on the Cross, Jesus was bearing the sins of the world and taking the punishment for them, the punishment being the wrath of God. The pivotal moment came when He cried out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” God the Father forsook His Son on the Cross because He was bearing the sin of the world.
The sister in charge of spiritual formation said that this was fundamentalist error. She then said that we killed Jesus because He died for our sins.
What was the cause of Jesus’ death on the Cross? My thinking is that while the physical suffering was terrible, the spiritual suffering, as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, was what was the cause of death.
What is the teaching of the Church on this?
Thanks in advance,