In the last post of our study of “The Gospel According to Satan” by Jared C. Wilson, we have introduced to the lie that the cross is not about wrath. It’s easy to get lost in the philosophical and technical debates about the cross with complex definitions such as penal substitutionary atonement and propagation, but the sacrifice of Jesus is much simpler and more important than the technical terms can make us believe. Jesus died for you and for me, each one of us as individuals.
Jesus Christ conquered death and achieved justice for social outcasts like you and me. When we get stuck in the technicalities we can forget that he is the reason our sins are forgiven. There is no other way. If you understand that you are a sinful being who should pay for your sins with the wrath of God. Jared Wilson reminds us that God is “too holy, too just, too righteous and too perfect” to let your sin slide.
When this understanding penetrates your heart – that you are a sinner who needs reconciliation with God -you can begin to appreciate the love Jesus has for you.
Jesus has taken the punishment we deserve upon himself. There is no greater love than this.
“This is why the claim that “the cross is not about wrath” is so devilish. It promises to help us avoid the sticky issue of wrath while actually keeping us in its crosshairs. Our enemy knows that if the wrath owed us is taken by Christ, we will experience joy, peace and praise. We will get the fulfilment, beauty and enlightenment we long for.”Page 150, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
Satan hates the blood
The blood that Christ spilt on the cross spells the devil’s doom and he knows it very well. Satan knows that the cross washes sinners clean (Hebrews 9:14; John 1:7; Revelation 7:14).
He is well aware that the cross justifies us regardless of our sin (Hebrews 12:24) and that this means he is doomed (Colossians 2:15).
Above all, he understands that Jesus paid for the wrath owed to sinners by dying on the cross. (John 4:10; Romans 3:23).
He will do anything in his power to distract us from this truth because he does not want sinners to understand that Jesus died for each one and everyone.
The cross is not just about wrath, but that is the most important part of it.
Jesus died for me.
Jesus died for you.
His death is personal.
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