The punishment of every sin that should have been poured out on those who deemed God worthless and had rebelled against His glory and goodness would be poured on perfect Jesus. On the Cross, the God of justice would judge sin.
But this is what is so amazing. Jesus rises from the ground and heads to the Cross. He goes because the God of love was also on the move to forgive every sin of everyone who will have the faith to call out to Jesus to save them.
He would fight the greatest battle against evil, sin, and all the powers of hell to save you. On the Cross, the God of love would forgive sin.
What does this tell us about the love and justice of God?
It shouts that we are so deeply loved by the Savior that He was willing to swallow hell itself for us.
It reveals that God is so holy and just – that Jesus would die in judgment for our sin. When Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” on the Cross – He was actually experiencing the forsakenness and wrath we deserve. He was drinking the cup on our behalf!
There on the Cross, God chose to pour out the much-needed judgment upon His Son, Jesus – instead of us.
Because of His great love, Jesus freely and willingly took our place in bearing the penalty of death that each of us deserved. In doing so, He satisfied the justice of the Law for our judgment.
Jesus Christ drank the cup – so that we who trust in Him will never have to drink the cup of God’s wrath. Jesus Christ, and He alone, can save us from the wrath to come – because He absorbed the wrath of God for us on the Cross.
It’s at the Cross where love and judgment come together. It’s at the Cross where change happens – because you see how much you are loved. It’s this love that compels us to now live for Christ!
40 Day Devotional
Journey Church – Orange City, Florida
~ Pastor James Hilton