The Atonement has been long misunderstood. We have missed out on some of the juiciest bits of the gospel feast. We have been led to believe that it was purely about Jesus taking the punishment we deserve so we can be with God forever. But the good news is that there is much much more to enjoy! I hope you find the following resources helpful in shifting your thinking and explaining the atonement.
Articles by James Thompson
Why Did Jesus Die On The Cross by Greg Boyd
The Christus Victor View Of Atonement by Greg Boyd