Daily Devotional: Wrath Is Gone

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GRACE MEANS GOD’S WRATH IS GONE

God put [Jesus] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

  • Romans 3:25

Grace declares that God is willing to meet the demands of his justice, for Jesus came to die.

God’s law calls us to love God with all our heart, soul and mind but we have loved other things more.  This is the essence of sin – dishonoring God by loving other things more than him.  Since we all do this the Bible rightly says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

At times we are tempted to think that our sin isn’t serious but it is.  John Piper captures the seriousness of sin in these words, “Sin is not small because it is not against a small Sovereign.  The seriousness of an insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted.  The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect and admiration and loyalty.  Therefore, failure to love him is not trivial – it is treason.  It defames God and destroys human happiness.”[1] 

Since sin is serious and God is just, he can’t sweep sin under the rug; instead he must deal with it.  And so in the Bible we are told it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, the wages of our sin is death, and at one time we were all objects of God’s wrath.[2]  These words are not idle threats flowing from a cranky God.  Instead they are words that flow from a just God, who cannot endorse or pass over our sin.

And yet in a remarkable and unimaginable turn of events God was not content to show his wrath; instead he wanted to reveal his love.  And so God sent Jesus into our world to absorb his wrath and to bear the punishment for all who trust him.  Paul says it well in Galatians 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.”

What this means is that Jesus came to be our substitute.  He died in our place and for our sins.  On the cross, Jesus absorbed the wrath of God.

If God were not just, there would be no coming of Jesus because there would be no demand for Jesus to die.  Additionally, if God were not loving, there would be no coming of Jesus because there would be no willingness for God himself to meet the demands of his justice – God would simply let us absorb his wrath.

But Jesus’ coming declares that God is just and loving.  He is willing to meet the demands of his justice.  Jesus was born to die.  So today open your eyes to see the seriousness of your sin and the sufficiency of your savior.  Look at the coming of Jesus and say, “This is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”[3]

Reflection:

When did Jesus save you from God’s wrath?  Share your story with your friends and family today.  

[1] The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper

[2] Hebrews 10:31, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:3

[3] 1 John 4:10


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