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Knowing the God of Wrath- Part 2
  • The Wrath of God Poured out upon His Son

    God’s wrath is a terrible reality for those who live against His rule, yet it is a source of unexpected hope for those who run to Him for refuge.
    How can God’s wrath being poured out on sin be anything other than terror for us?
    How can a refuge be provided for the sinner by the living God who hates sin with a perfect hatred?
    Answer: The cross of Jesus Christ! It is the highest and clearest view we have of God’s weighty majesty: His zeal, justice, mercy, wisdom, immutability, holiness, and wrath.
    Here is the great unveiling of divine glory. It is the place where the unrepentant sinner’s hopes are dashed to pieces and the Christian’s fears are alleviated.

    I. The glory of God’s wrath was seen from above the Cross

    Acts 2:22–23 ESV
    22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
    Isaiah 53:10 NASB95
    10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
    How can that be true? Isaiah 53 cannot be saying that God is displeased with the Son.
    Isaiah 42:1 (ESV)
    1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
    Matthew 3:16–17 ESV
    16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
    Matthew 17:5 ESV
    5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
    Romans 5:15 ESV
    15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
    Romans 5:17 ESV
    17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
    Romans 5:19 ESV
    19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
    2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
    21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
    1 Peter 2:24 ESV
    24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
    Isaiah 53:10 NASB95
    10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
    Dear Lord, What heavenly wonders dwell
    In Thy atoning blood!
    By this are sinners snatched from hell,
    And rebels brought to God.
    —Anne Steele

    II. The Glory of God’s Wrath was seen from upon the cross

    What did Jesus think of the wrath of God as He bore it on the cross?
    Hebrews 12:2 ESV
    2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

    First, embracing the wrath of God on the cross was an act of obedience by the Son to the Father.

    John 14:30–31 NASB95
    30 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; 31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

    Second, embracing the wrath of God on the cross was an act of astonishing love for His bride, the church.

    John 10:11–13 ESV
    11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
    John 10:17–18 ESV
    17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
    Ephesians 5:25–27 ESV
    25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
    “The wounds of Christ were the greatest outlets of His glory that ever were. The divine glory shone more out of His wounds than out of all His life before.” —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

    III. The Glory of God’s wrath was seen from beneath the cross

    Galatians 2:21 ESV
    21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
    What is so glorious about the wrath of God being poured out on His Son for the sinner?

    1. It removes the offense between God and the rebel, providing reconciliation

    Ephesians 2:12–13 (ESV)
    12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
    13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    Colossians 2:13–14 (ESV)
    13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
    14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

    2. It provides a means for a full pardon to be given by the High King to the lowest sinner

    Hebrews 10:11–14 (ESV)
    11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
    12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
    13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
    14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
    Romans 8:1–3 (ESV)
    1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
    3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

    3. It alters us so deeply when we come to Christ that we are forever distracted from the world and charmed by Jesus Christ

    Galatians 6:14 ESV
    14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
    The wrath of God, viewed in its fiercest and fullest expression at the cross, is a thing of terrible beauty. It is the weight of His majesty.
      • Acts 2:22–23ESV

      • Isaiah 53:10ESV

      • Matthew 3:16–17ESV

      • Matthew 17:5ESV

      • Romans 5:15ESV

      • Romans 5:17ESV

      • Romans 5:19ESV

      • 2 Corinthians 5:21ESV

      • 1 Peter 2:24ESV

      • Isaiah 53:10ESV

      • Hebrews 12:2ESV

      • John 14:30–31ESV

      • John 10:11–13ESV

      • John 10:17–18ESV

      • Ephesians 5:25–27ESV

      • Galatians 2:21ESV

      • Galatians 6:14ESV

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