God is completely Just. Truth.
God is completely merciful. Truth.
How can those two statements be true of the same God? Justice demands payment for wrongdoing. Mercy forgives wrongdoing. How can God be completely and perfectly both at the same time?
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2
In John chapter 19 John recorded Jesus’ final words, “It is finished “.
When Jesus said those words from the cross it was as if he was saying, “I forgive you, you are forgiven, it’s over with, the slate that recorded all of your sins has been wiped clean”.
We were separated from God by a condition that there is no cure for, but there is a covering that washes away the condition of sin. The covering is innocent blood. When Jesus was crucified, killed on a cross he was innocent of any sin. They accused him of claiming to be God, he did claim that, but if you are God, it isn’t a sin to claim your self God.
Once we are saved by his mercy, Jesus continues to be our defense attorney and defend us against all the accusations that are made against us, even those that are true. We sent him to the cross through our rebellion and disobedience and yet he still Acts as our defender.
Yes, God Can be Just and merciful at the same time if he takes both roles in our life. He does. He is both the judge and in his body, the payment for our sins, then he takes on a third role as our defender.
What craziness is this? It is a crazy love that only a loving God can have for his creation.
How will we respond to this crazy love today?