and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. – 1 Thessalonians 1:10

This passage highlights another purpose of Jesus Christ – He came to deliver us from the wrath to come, the wrath of the sure judgement of God.

By virtue of our human nature, we tend to fall into sin either consciously or unconsciously in our thoughts, words, actions, attitudes, and other bearings. Meanwhile, God has an uncompromising posture to sin; as He cannot behold it, talk less of having anything to do with it. Yet He craves intimate fellowship with us, even as He has stored up wrath to unleash on sinners at the appointed time.

But Jesus came in as a bridge between the divide of the way we are and the way God wants us to be. He that had no sin became a physical emblem of sin for the whole world, and by so doing exchanging His own sinlessness for our sinfulness. And since sins have grievous consequences, He symbolically bore the consequences of all our sins by the things He suffered before and at the crucifixion. He was flogged with searing whips many times for offences He did not commit; His head was pierced with thorny crowns which they jerked there in mockery; His body was bruised from the fangs of the whips they used on Him; He was made to carry the cross for some distance until His frame could bear the burden no longer.

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Indeed, He suffered many things in the course of standing in the gap for us, and these served as the representation of the divine judgement that is awaiting each individual sinner. Jesus took them all upon Himself; thus saving whoever cares to accept Him from the certain wrath of God on the day of reckoning.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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