Coming this Sunday: Message 3 of Christ Crucified
Christ Crucified To Propitiate The Wrath of God
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
The Bible does not shy away from revealing that among His other attributes, God is a God of wrath. Sin arouses the anger and fury of a Holy God. So then, as sinners, we are all objects of God’s fierce wrath. Our guilt has made us worthy of His judgment and condemnation. Yet in His incredible grace, God provided a way for us to be saved. He sacrificed His Son as our substitute. Through His death on the Cross, Jesus bore the wrath that we deserved. At Calvary, God simultaneously satisfied His wrath through Christ and extended His mercy towards us. Jesus propitiated, or turned away, the wrath of God by absorbing it. If God’s anger required propitiation, God’s love provided for it. The Cross then is the fullest expression of God’s great hatred for sin and the fullest expression of His great love for sinners.
Scripture: John 3:36; Romans 3:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 1 John 2:2, 4:10
Questions to Consider:
1. What does propitiation mean? How would you explain it to your neighbor?
2. Do you agree that God is big enough to encompass mercy and love, as well as judgment and wrath?
3. How would you respond to someone who says God can be loving but rejects that God can be angry?
4. How is the cross the marriage of God’s mercy and wrath, of God’s love and judgment?
5. Why is Christ crucified precious to you today?