Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Romans 5:9 (NIV)
On Sunday, June 30, 1912 Regina, Saskatchewan felt the wrath of the most destructive cyclone in Canadian history. According to the meteorologists, the storm which hit the city at ten minutes to five that day was a tornado, but in Regina, it has always been popularly known as “the cyclone.” Crossing the centre of the city from south to north in a rampage that lasted fewer than six minutes, the cyclone left twenty-eight dead, hundreds injured, thousands homeless, and over $5 million in property damage.
We don’t like to think of wrath. The dictionary describes it as extreme anger. We certainly don’t like to think of God being wrathful. It is true that God is love, and by nature He loves us. It is His love that sent Jesus to us, to bear on Himself the punishment that our sin deserves. But God is also just, and He can’t simply ignore our sin. He hates sin – He has seen all that sin has brought about in His creation and particularly in the life of every human being. Because He is just, He can’t simply ignore our sin. He has provided a way out – Jesus’ death on the cross removes the sin of everyone who repents and turns in faith to Jesus. But those who harden their hearts and refuse to place their trust in Jesus will face the justice of God. Romans 5:9 says, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” You don’t have to wonder if you will face God’s wrath on judgment day. Put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
These have been words from the heart.