Making Peace With the Wrath of God

Because if there is no wrath by God on sin, and there is no such thing as Hell, not only does that actually make what happened to Jesus inexplicable—Jesus staggering the way He is, asking God, “Is there any other way?” [and] sweating blood means that He was wimpier than hundreds of His followers, if there was nothing like [God’s wrath]—but…the main thing is, if you don’t believe in the wrath and Hell, it trivializes what He’s done…. If you get rid of a God who has wrath and Hell, you’ve got a god who loves us in general, but that’s not as loving as the God of the Bible, the God of Jesus Christ, who loves us with a costly love.

Look what it cost. Look what He did. Look what He was taking. You get rid of wrath and Hell, He’s not taking anything close to this. And therefore, what you’ve done is you’ve just turned His incredible act of love into just something very trivial, very small….

And by the way, if the anticipation of these sufferings—if the very taste of these sufferings—sent the Son of God into shock, what must it have been to drink them to the bottom?

How Tim Keller Made Peace with the Wrath of God, a part of a quote from a post which is a quote from a sermon

This to me is a very sobering explanation of the “additional suffering” as I might call it, that Christ went through. This is what many of us didn’t know about (or might not yet realize) until later on in our knowledge of what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

In order to go along with this, one must believe in penal substitution, which I most definitely do. I do not believe that it’s “cosmic child abuse”, which John MacArthur responds to. If you would like to read more about it you can read a long treatment of the subject by J.I. Packer or a shorter one at 9Marks.

Praise God for loving the world in this way. I don’t know why He had to work it out this way. Maybe it’s to show the depth of His love for us.

When I praise God, each week He’s been showing me something new to praise Him for. One of the recent ones is that Jesus didn’t have to die on a cross. What was required was a blood sacrifice, meaning a death. Aside from prophecy, Jesus could have died by the sword, or literally drank a cup of poison. But more than the horrific death on a cross, He drank the cup of God’s wrath, as a sinless person, dying an unrighteous death in an unrighteous way by unrighteous people, and then being forsaken by his Father, which is far worse even than “just” dying on a cross, which was probably the worst way people were put to death.

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