I got this from a sermon I listened to the other day about God’s justice and God’s compassion.
Because of this pandemic many of us are asking something like:
Will I get the corona virus and die?
This could be considered in a way, a wrong question.
Perhaps a better question would be:
What will happen when I die, whether it be from the corona virus or anything else?
Because the truth is, whether it’s from corona, which at this stage might be relatively unlikely, or whether it’s from something else like a car accident or some other disease or just plain old age, the reality is one day we will die.
That is because there is an epidemic that is far more dangerous than the corona virus. The epidemic called sin, the epidemic called ‘the rebellion against God’ has in fact a 100% death rate.
In the book of Romans, Paul said the wages of sin is death.
That relates to God’s justice.
In Romans chapter 2, Paul said God renders to each man, to each woman, according to his or her deeds, and that really is what God’s justice is about.
God’s justice means simply that He adheres strictly to the rules, in God’s case the rules are His Holy character, who He is. And since He is Holy He never acquits the guilty, He never overlooks sin. He must punish sin. He must punish the wicked. He must punish all who have rebelled against Him which includes everyone.
We could momentarily think that we might want a god that does not punish sin but that would be Satan, not God.
If evil had no final punishment this would be an awful world indeed.
So the truth is, evil (rebellion against God) includes me and you and all that we’ve done. For sinners, God’s justice is a dangerous thing, it’s a dangerous place to be.
That’s a pretty grim picture but thankfully we can consider a second attribute of God, and that is God’s compassion.
David, in Psalm 103 writes, …the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness. He has not dealt with us according to our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
The word ‘compassion’ means simply to see a need and to meet a need.
In our case God could either impose His justice because of our sin or bear our justice for us.
God’s “see a need meet a need” compassion means that He bore His own justice on our behalf in Christ.
God the Son came to bear God’s justice at our sin the penalty of death that we deserve.
And for those who believe in Him as the One who bore
God’s just wrath for them, who died in their place on the cross, we move by God’s grace from the danger of God’s justice to the incredible safety of God’s compassion.
And so rather than think today about the danger of the corona virus, maybe be encouraged to rather meditate on those dual attributes of God’s justice and God’s compassion.
We need to think about the danger of His justice, the wages of sin is death, and the truth that God never acquits or “let’s off” the guilty.
But also once we have thought of that, we need to think about the glory of God’s safety and compassion.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ. We can find safety in God’s compassion, He has not dealt with us according to our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. That is God’s compassion.