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When you look at the cross of Jesus, what is it that comes to mind about God? Do you see Jesus rescuing us from the wrath of God so that God’s anger about sin falls on Jesus instead of us? Or do you see God and Jesus working together, with one mind and one purpose, not to rescue us form God’s wrath, but rather to rescue us from the destruction caused by sin?
For many Christians, when we think of what the cross reveals about God, we think of an angry God who is up in the heavens who hates sin so much, He just has to pour our His wrath on somebody. But since He also loves humans, God chose to punish His Son, Jesus, for our sins instead of us.
Now, we’re thankful for this exchange, if that is the way it really happened, but at the same time, this view makes us sort of afraid of God. We just know that at any moment, His anger and wrath might lash out at us again. We also wonder what kind of God He really is if He is willing to brutally torture His own Son for sins committed by someone else. It makes us wonder if God can really be trusted.
I have been writing a lot about this on my blog over the past two years, and just this past week I listened to a series of talks given by Wayne Jacobsen over ten years ago where he addressed some of these very same issues.
His series of talks is called “Transitions” and there is a link below for where you can download them all for free. There are eight talks he gives in this series, and the one I am sharing with you here in the fourth. So I’m dropping you right into the middle. This is probably not the best way to be introduced to what he is saying, and so if you have questions or concerns about what he says, I recommend you go listen to the other seven talks as well.
After you listen to what Wayne says, I would love to get some feedback from you.
Is it helpful to think of the cross of Jesus as the cure for our sin rather than the punishment for it?
Is it helpful to see that the only reason God is really concerned with our sin is because it hurts us, and since He loves us, He doesn’t like to see us get hurt?
Is it helpful to see that God can definitely look upon sin and be around sin, and that your sin does not anger Him or make Him mad at you, or even separate you from Him?
There is a lot to think about from this message by Wayne Jacobsen, and as I said, it is the fourth talk in a series of eight which he has made available on his website for free. I highly recommend you go listen to them all. The link is below.
There is no place to leave a question or comment on his website about this talk, and so if you have a question, feel free to leave one in the comment section below, and I will see if Wayne can respond to you.
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