Christ Must needs Have Suffered
A Sermon on Acts 17:1-4
Paul and Silas in Thessalonica
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. (ESV)
This blood and thunder business; a wrong understanding of the Messiah; prophecy fulfilled; the meaning of the crucifixion; sin must be punished.