April 25, 2011
Psalm 30, Dan.12: 1-4, 13, 1 Thes. 4:13
Psalm 115, Is. 30:18-21, Jn. 20:11-18
“The Lord is a God of judgment.” These words from Isaiah 30:18 remind us that sin has consequences, and God is willing to let us suffer them. In this passage, the Jews have disobeyed and disregarded God for generations. He has been patient, and has sent many prophets to call them back to Him, but they continued to drift away from Him, and even convinced themselves they were doing what God wanted. Finally, God raised up the Babylonians against Judea. They swarmed over the Jews like a horde of locusts, and when they were finished the land was a blackened ruin, Jerusalem and the Temple were demolished, and most of the people still alive were taken to Babylon as prisoners. Will God leave Israel in this condition? No, He will have mercy, but He will wait. In Isaiah, mercy comes after judgment.
In Christ mercy replaces judgment. When Christ told the disciples their sorrow would be turned to joy, He meant first that, though “crucified, dead, and buried” He would live again. But His primary meaning was the joy they would have in the redemption He was purchasing for them on the cross. He bore the wrath of God for them. Therefore, all who are in Christ are in grace, not judgment.