I have danced on the edge of theology for years. I appreciate it so much and yet I am confused by a whole lot, and then sometimes just plain disappointed. I do on rare occasion cross the line and wander into “The Twilight Zone”. People who know me well start to get concerned. It is not something I do very often.
I’m intrigued with what I’ve found. It is this principle of Jesus Christ absorbing the wrath of God, which we deserved.
“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Gal. 3:13, NLT
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.“
1 John 4:10, NLT
Absorbance is the theological concept that is being used. Less lofty considerations are the diaper, Kotex, the sponge, toilet paper, and oil spill skimmers. (Hardly the stuff of theology!). But these simple products all use the principle of extracting something unwanted and undesired and sending it to another location.
God’s justice and wrath on our sin was an indisputable fact. In our rebellion we were getting exactly what we deserved. Each of us chose pride, sin and evil. Not just passive about it, we declared war on the Kingdom of God. Our sin is not a small thing, because it offended a Sovereign Majesty.
God cannot just sweep our sins under the carpet, and smile and just pretend they don’t matter. We have broken the Laws of truth and love. The Bible tells us point-blank that “the soul that sins shall die.” “All have sinned, all fall short of God’s glory”. We are in a tight place, very sticky.
God figured a way out for us. He would send His Son to absorb our sentence of death. Jesus would extract and then siphon off the wrath the we deserved. He would sponge our souls, wiping off the dirt– the sin. Jesus would absorb our transgressions, perversities, our rebellion and wick them away.
Jesus just doesn’t cancel our debt. He pays it Himself. His “credit score” is unbelievable, off the charts and He pays your debt. He makes it like we have never sinned. This is Love! The universe rolls around on these pivot points. We have legally been freed.
I think I’m going to keep dancing to this tune.