God is angry. Yes, He’s STILL angry. And the object of that anger? It’s sin. So, if you or I are the ones that DO that sinning, then He’s angry at our sin, and since we’re the ones who chose to do it, HE’s ANGRY WITH US. God is Holy. He is perfect. He is without sin. As part of His perfection, He is just. Justice requires punishment of wrongdoing. In a world where right and wrong exist, right is to be rewarded and wrongdoers are to be chastened. These are plain truths. Doesn’t something inside of us boil when criminals run free? Look at the outrage over the recent Trayvon Martin case. Why were people so upset, even those who probably do not have faith in Jesus Christ or may claim that there is no God? We all have a deep, inner desire for order. The universe in which we live depends on order and laws; all these are exemplary of God’s glory.
We have all fallen short of this glory, the glory of God, by sinning against Him at some point in our lives. If we say that we have never sinned, then the truth is not in us. If we say that we’re OK on our own, or that we are “basically good people,” then we are believing in the doctrine of a devil, a deception conceived by the enemy of mankind in order to keep us from tasting the gift of eternal life that our Father has for us. If we'[re honest with ourselves, we each have a deep desire within us to make our mark, to be part of something that lasts. Eternity has been set in our hearts. Our innermost being, our soul and our very spirit within us longs to be in touch with forever, with true, with love everlasting. This, friends, is called heaven. Heaven is a privilege awarded to the righteous, not a right guaranteed to all. If we believe that we are “OK people,” and that “I’m good enough to get into heaven,” then we are filled with pride. We have exaggerated our own abilities and are too puffed up in our own estimation of ourselves to REPENT. Jesus Christ has given us the option, where once our flesh had us enslaved to sin relentlessly, to change our minds and to accept that the Kingdom of God has come near to man, in Him, Jesus the Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh to earth, obeying His Father, offering himself for our sins, and rising again on the third day to defeat it: once and for all mankind. If you haven’t come to know this Jesus, of whom I speak, then you are currently condemned to hell for not believing in Him. And this isn’t because of God’s unfariness: you deserve it. We enter into the kindness of God, the Kingdom of God, by accepting the kindness He provded in Christ, and we abide in His kindness by obedience to His word (through the power of His Spirit): by allowing His Kingdom to reign in us.
I know this message isn’t very ‘now’ or ‘in’, hip or trendy, but it IS the word of God. God’s wrath remains on those who choose not to believe on the name of Jesus, and those who forsake the gift of righteousness given in Christ by continuing in a life of sin after claiming to be following Jesus. “Well THAT seems unfair!” some might say. Ya know what’s truly unfair, though? It’s unfair that people like you and I, who have lived lives of sin, whether in our past or up into the right now, and whether great or small, get to go to heaven AT ALL. It’s unfair in the most beneficial, benevolent, merciful, and gracious way possible: forgiveness. Through His willing death on the cross at Calvary, Jesus, our Messiah, BECAME SIN EVEN THOUGH HE NEVER SINNED. God the Word, the Son, took on flesh and became an ordinary, weak and feeble (in relation to God!) man and He purposely set out, every moment of His life, to obey the Father: El Shaddai, Elohim, the creator of the universe. Even though He never sinned, and lived perfectly by the Spirit of God that was in Him, HE TOOK THE PUNISHMENT THAT WAS DUE TO US, just recompense for our sin. Yup, that’s what Yahweh, the same God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, the same God who freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, the same God who pronounced curses over Adam’s sinful self and his sinful progeny (that’s us), that’s what our Father in heaven has done for us in Christ. So, before we get up in arms with our, “That’s unfair,” and “God’s a monster for putting his SUPPOSED children in hell,” let’s remember that He gave us free will and that He allows us to choose our final destination.
It is His patience, His kindness that ought to lead us to repentance; let’s not wait another moment – let’s not forsake the gift that He has given us in and through Christ! Even as believers, we can fall short. Whether you believe now or not, won’t you join me in a prayer of repentance? Your Father wants to be near You, but you who have sinned have forced Him, in His holiness, to remain relationally distant and justly wrathful toward you.
Father, I pray that You’ll forgive me for any way in which I have offended you with my sin. Please show me, with Your Holy Spirit, the errors of my ways that I will not commit these same errors again. Please allow me, by the empowerment afforded by Your Holy Spirit resident in me, to live by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. May I do only to serve you. May I live my life as a living sacrifice in order to, in my nearest approximation, repay Your great kindness unto me: the great kindness manifest in the form of a man from Nazareth who became my propitiation, paying the debt that was owed in accordance to Your wrath upon my sin, thus the punishment that was due to me. May we who believe never forget what has been done for us, and thus put on the bonds of love in all that we do, think, and say. May we more and more, moment by moment, reflect Your righteousness and Your glory, and may we each take our places in the Kingdom of God, the family of God, the Body of Jesus Christ, becoming the most mature, full, and loving servants to one another and to the world that we can be. We thank you for all these things in the mighty name of Jesus; Amen.
Thanks, LORD… Just Thanks!