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January 2nd, 2013

Jesus, Our Wrath-Bearer

“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2 (ESV)

God perfectly exists. Everything about Him is in perfect balance and harmony, including the make-up of His character. While for us, we may only like to focus on certain aspects of His character that we find comforting, to do so speaks falsely about the fullness of God. Yes, God is loving, but in as much as He is loving, He is also just. In as much as He is merciful, He is also holy. In as much as He is peaceful, He is also wrathful. This last trait is of particular concern in our passage today, as God’s wrath is poured out upon that which rebels against His precepts and offends His glory. You see, when you and I choose to find satisfaction outside of God, ignoring His infinite fullness, we offend Him to His core, defeating the very purpose of our creation. This offense demands judgment; God’s wrath demands satisfaction.

Jesus became our wrath-bearer. John writes as much when he utilizes the word, “propitiation,” which literally means “wrath-bearer.” We could not once again experience the fullness of God without our rebellion being accounted for by God’s wrath being satisfied. So, in order to save us who were without hope, Jesus came, lived perfectly, and then became our substitutionary atonement on the cross. He lived the life we could not live to take the punishment we could not bear all so that you and I could find abundant and eternal life with God.

As we begin this new year, remind yourself of this overwhelming truth: Christ’s perfection allows for your standing before God. He alone gives you the ability to enjoy the fullness of God.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 360:  1 John)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category 1 John, Christ, Propitiation.
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