Few things are more disconcerting to me than to have someone angry with me. During my years as a contractor I would, from time to time, encounter a customer whose anger would flare at me. Once I remember doing an estimate for a customer who had just bought a home. Since he was not living in it at the time, he gave me the key to let myself in. Upon finishing for the day I left leaving the back door wide open. I was oblivious to my mistake. Later that evening I received an irate call from the homeowner who was furious. At first I didn’t know what he was angry about, but then it slowly dawned on me what I had done. I was guilty and without excuse. As I apologized profusely, I winched uncomfortably as I absorbed his wrath.
How often do we live our lives oblivious to our own sin? Sin that is incredibly dangerous and arouses the just anger of God. It’s like living in a home with a permanent gas leak. At any moment the whole house could blow up because of one spark. Sin is so serious that if nothing is done it will bring upon us God’s full fury. Heb. 3:10-11.
Whether we know it or not, God’s anger toward us is our biggest problem. It is not something any of us can avoid. Fortunately and for our sake, God the Father has taken our sinful condition seriously. He foresaw our predicament and sent his son Jesus to die on the cross so that “through a single offering he could perfect for all time those who are being sanctified.” Heb. 10:14.
This Easter I want to take the time to remember that the most influential person in the whole world is not angry with me because of what His Son has done for me on the cross.
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