Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Wrath of The Lamb

Wrath and fury are not unfamiliar to mankind. We often get a taste of vengeance as we or our loved ones are wronged. Yet that the wrath of God is almost entirely incomprehendible. To say that we could have a fair understanding of the wrath of God would be akin to saying that an ant could understand the fury of a great white shark on the hunt. It would be like a spark from a flint rock being able to understand the fury and intensity with which the sun burns.

Justice will not be done here, nor ever with mere words, to describe the infinite unending unquenchable fiery wrath of God. Yet we would do well to consider such a magnitude. As the Lord has intricately designed creation to display His multifaceted glories, so He has also purposed that we may have somewhat of a glimpse of His wrath via creation. Although the depths of the wrath of God are as unfathomable as is His love, we are granted opportunities to see examples of such. A father's wrath against one who would harm his child, a mother bear's wrath against any who come near her cubs, a judge's wrath against a vile and heinous law breaker, these are mere pointers to that which words cannot describe.

All members of the human race stand in the precarious position of being within pouring range of the bottomless cup of God's just and spectacular wrath. "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."

This cup of wrath is what the Lord Jesus was referring to when He said, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." And this is what the Holy Spirit inspired words were referring to, "Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him." It was the wrath of God which what Jesus absorbed upon the cross. It was the wrath of God which Jesus consumed on our behalf, in order that those, who by faith trust in Him, would not have to.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:11
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Scripture is not scarce in it’s language which tells of those who must face the wrath of God on their own, apart from the substitutionary atonement of the Lamb of God. The wrath of the Lord that awaits those outside of Christ is beyond our imaginations. Consider for a moment the horror described in the below verses.

Revelation 6:15-17
Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

Praise be to God that Christ has consumed the wrath of God on our behalf. Praise be to God that we who are in Christ will not face such dreadful terror as that described in Revelation 6:15-17.


Sarah said...

Have you been listening to Paul Washer? He is amazing!

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