Whatever God is, he is completely. He is all powerful, omnipotent. He is all knowing, omniscient. He is completely just. He is completely merciful. Wait, can he be both just and merciful? Justice demands punishment for wrongdoing. Mercy pardons wrongdoings. How can those two characteristics coexist in one being?
The two character traits collide and coalesce in the person of Jesus. Jesus has taken on the judgement for our sin.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Jesus absorbed Gods wrath by dying in our place.
In Isaiah the prophet saw this was to come and wrote this:
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
When I’m having a problem with another person, how they are behaving, how they are treating me or someone else I want God to reign in justice and bring the hammer down on them. When i myself am struggling with a weakness and find my strength giving way and my heart giving in to bad behavior I want God to reign in mercy and forgive me, and wipe away my mistakes.
Jesus is the balance point for these two opposing stands. Crying out for justice and begging for mercy.
All our iniquities were heaped upon Jesus at the cross. Our sins were justly dealt with. God’s mercy was poured out on us while his wrath and the punishment we deserve was taken up, laid upon God’s only son Jesus.
God is completely just.
God is completely merciful.
Thank you Jesus.