2) MERCY BUT NO JUSTICE
If there was no justice then there would be no laws at all. Everybody would do whatever they wanted to. Despite having all kinds of laws even today we have so many problems. So imagine having no laws at all!
3) JUSTICE AND MERCY
God is both righteous (just) and loving (merciful). He cannot be simply merciful and forgive us without punishing us for our sins. At the same time He cannot be just and punish us without killing us. Even though it does look like a Catch 22 situation, it is the best solution ever!
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
By letting Jesus Christ becoming our substitute on the Cross.
This meant the following:-
Jesus was beaten from head to toe. The harsh whips tore apart His body. He was nailed and pierced! Excruciating pain!
Sin entails guilt, shame, disappointment, hurt, discouragement, regret and conviction. Jesus had to bear all of this for all of mankind! What’s worse? He was abandoned by His closest friends on earth. Above all, His Father turned His face away.
WRATH OF GOD
Waves of hatred and fury of God was poured out like a dam. All of His dislike for man’s sin was unfurled on Jesus.
If I were to wrap it in a nutshell, here’s how I would put it.
God delivered justice by heaping the punishment for our sins on the sinless Son of God. Righteousness and Peace kissed each other.
God extended mercy toward us by pouring out His wrath and curse for our sins on the sinless Son of God. Mercy and Truth met together.
…to be continued…