GOD'S SWIFT JUSTICE SATISFIED

When I read Lamentations chapter 2 this morning, the theme was God’s fierce anger displayed towards the Jewish people who rejected Him. Just as we later see that Jesus wept over the New Testament Jews, here we see the prophet Jeremiah weeping over the many Old Testament Jews who similarly rejected God.

This may actually be an Old Testament foreshadowing of the passion Jesus had for the lost when He said: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”

We see two attributes of God throughout the Bible: namely His compassion for lost folks contrasted with His perfect holiness, righteousness, and justice that separates folks from Him. Every person has a list of wrong-doings that God is willing to forgive but because He is Just and Good He must not turn a blind eye to sin.

Therefore Jesus willingly bore all of my sins, your sins, and all folks’ sins on the cross. Our Holy God demanded justice, and justice was served on Jesus. He was arrested in our place, took our beating, took our spot on the cross, and was served justice for us. Jesus today still cries out to unsaved folks through us: “ How I long for you to come to Me and be saved.”

by David Marshall, Elder

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