Evening all! I hope your Sunday was as awesome as our was! Our church had it’s annual Fall Festival tonight and this was our second time attending. The first time we were brand new to the church and I was bringing our 4 day old baby to it! (Yeah…we don’t shelter our kids for long.) This year we helped out more and it was such a huge blessing to be an active part of it! The kids ate too much candy without mom hovering over them and I got to be reminded of how good it feels to sit down finally after 4 hours.
This morning was also good with a good message during the service. One line stuck out for me and I had to take note of it in my bible. It was simply this: “Jesus came to satisfy the wrath of God.” Sounds pretty ominous, doesn’t it? To look at it that way, as if God were looming over us, ready to wipe us out and then Jesus throws himself in between us and God and begs for mercy. Then I got to thinking, “well, why didn’t God just settle his wrath a more peaceful way? You know, take a time out and collect His emotions.” The answer: because he’s God. He deserves the respect and praise and honor for simply creating us in the first place. I don’t know about you, but I can get pretty irritated when my kids disrespect me or my husband or even a stranger….imagine how God feels!
Secondly, God created us to be followers. We needed a visual example to follow. Something tangible, auditory, something physically in front of us to teach us and lead by example. “Well then why didn’t God send Jesus sooner? You know, like right after the first sin?” Quite frankly, because we needed to be taught a lesson. MANY lessons! It’s like I have to remind myself some times when my kids get a boo-boo. They make such a huge deal out of a paper cut or a poked finger…even hang nails become a big deal sometimes. My oldest will scream bloody murder if she falls down! Her teachers have gone into hysterics before because of her reaction to getting hurt and they could have swore her leg was falling off.
My husband and I joke about it and ask sometimes, “well, I guess we need to amputate it huh?” It seems so ridiculous the way they react over-dramatically, but I have to remind myself…at least they don’t know worse pain. That if THIS feels like they lost their leg then it’s much better than them actually losing a body part! God needed us to experience so much and to falter and fail so many times in order for us to recognize the difference between bad and a good. If there was never evil in the world then how would we know what good was? It would just be and that is where complacency comes from. We take things for granted when everything is going good.
God held off on sending Jesus because we needed to see how different life would be if we rose up and followed Him after a life of sin. So that the sacrifices and offerings to God wouldn’t became just a chore. When Jesus took on ALL of the sin of ALL of us, he gave us the best gift ever! It wasn’t a gift that made our lives easier (he’s an impossible act to follow), but He made our lives so much more peaceful because we, as believers, no longer have to fear the wrath of God.
It wasn’t a free ticket to rest on our laurels. We are called to pick up our crosses and to follow Jesus. To strive to live our lives as he did. It wasn’t a gift you could “pretend” to like but talk bad about it behind His back, because He hears and sees everything and knows what lies in your heart. It wasn’t a gift you could upgrade or trade for a different model that suited your needs. It is perfect as it is and if we try to tweak it, it is no longer what it was intended to be. It is longer of him, but of ourselves. God’s wrath is something that I do not want to experience! I have felt enough pain and suffering to know that I do not want the worst of God brought down on me. I know that the suffering I have experienced is like my kids getting a paper cut. It feels really really bad, but that’s only because I haven’t experienced far worse.
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