We have all been found guilty of sin.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We are all guilty of sin; you and I may not have ever done the “bad” ones…murder, rape, or stole. But we have not lived up to a standard that says hate is the same as murder and looking a woman lustfully is the same as having sex with her and being jealous of someone else’s things is as bad as steeling it. Hatred, lust, envy, lying, cheating…those and more are things I have done.
And it only takes 1 time and we are guilty!
Psalm 7:11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
You may be thinking…
“Isn’t God loving, merciful, compassionate, and full of grace?”
The answer is yes!
In Genesis The Lord plans to destroy sodom and gomorrah, but first the Angel of the Lord asks Abraham. His response shows us a good picture of the nature of God.
Genesis 18:23-26 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing–to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
As the story goes God destroyed the cities. God is a righteous and perfect judge. He MUST follow the laws!
When there is a crime there MUST be a punishment!
Just as God told Abraham “I will spare the whole place for their sake” He is so loving that was willing to save them; even though they were very very very sinful!
The same goes for us…even though we are guilty of so many things He is willing to save us.
There is still this problem of payment. Jesus came to this earth to be the payment for you and me!
And that payment had to be Death!