Wrath Revealed (Romans 1:18-19)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

Romans 1:18-19

As I begin this Good Friday, I was struck by what this day actually is. As I read this morning, the words the wrath of God is revealed hit home: That is what the crucifixion is. Good Friday — the best Friday in an eternity of Fridays for sinners like me — is a commemoration of the day that God’s wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness of men was revealed and writ large in black skies and the red of my Savior’s blood poured out on a hill. I realize that Paul was potentially writing about something else entirely and I admit freely that what I see on the page might be more Reader Response theory than Formalist theory of reading the text.

Let me remember that this day is a commemoration of the day God wrote His wrath on the back of His Son so that He did not have to write it on me. Let me be mindful of the cost of my unrighteousness and ungodliness. In those moments when any sin seems a little thing, let me turn my eyes to the hill where my Savior bled and died and count the cost of those “little” sins.

I am persuaded that part of the reason God revealed His wrath is so that I could fully appreciate the extent of His mercy.

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