Good Morning April 14

Does the Lord get angry? There are certainly enough passages in the Old Testament that speak of the Lord’s anger. Oh, but that is the Old Testament! The God of the New Testament is a God of love and forgiveness. That is just the danger when we try to split the two Testaments. It is not the picture we get when Jesus entered the Temple court, knotting a whip, and driving the money changers out. It is certainly not the picture we get on the hill called Calvary with Jesus hanging on the cross. That is the ultimate picture of God’s anger against sin. God is angry against sin, because sin causes a separation between Himself and the people He created. Sin must be judged and the full weight of God’s wrath brought upon it. That is also why the cross is the ultimate picture of God’s grace. God laid the full weight of His anger for all of our sins upon His only Son as He hung on the Roman tree. Jesus took God’s anger, and experienced the hell we deserve, upon Himself. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”(John 15:13) Jesus, in His love for you and me, has taken God’s anger for our sins into Himself, and allowed us to stand in righteousness before God. That is what this week is all about. That is what both Testaments declare.