In the cross of Calvary, God’s judgment has fallen and the verdict has been given. The penalty of sin is death and Jesus has died for the guilty. The verdict was punishment and in the shedding of Christ’s blood, those who deserve damnation are adopted and given an inheritance.
This is the mystery of the Christian faith. The just God justifies the wicked and ungodly, declaring them innocent.
I can honestly say that even after all of my years as a Christian, when I think about this exchange is just doesn’t make sense. It is does not make sense for a holy God to do this. But then I remember he is also good.
The wrath of God is truly terrible. And yet, his grace is able to cover the sins of the entire world.
The perfect balance of all of these attributes within the Godhead is a mystery that cannot be properly understood. That none of these characteristics of God’s character are in conflict with each other is beyond comprehension.
Everyday I struggle to be consistent. To be even tempered, sober minded, kind, and gracious. And every single day I fail. Why? Because my sin nature is in competition with the new nature given to me by Jesus.
And still, God look at me through the filter of Jesus blood and does not condemn. God does not look at any of us and throw up his hands in disgust. The verdict has been given and God will not go back on his word.
We didn’t deserve, and we may even find reasons for why God should revoke his grace, but he never will. We have been declared innocent even though we were guilty as sin.