Vengeance is Mine, Says the Lord

Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Romans 12:17-19 (The Message)

For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and cases of His people.

Hebrews 10:30 (Amplified)

 

Jesus wants those who follow him to be clear about why he came… In our celebration of the [Easter] mystery, we not only recall [the reasons Jesus came] but also witness the vengeance [such as that which] Jeremiah longed to see. God does not pick up rocks to stone the wicked: he picks up flesh and blood… and casts his only begotten Son on the earth, not to injure or destroy it, but to bring it life.

Jesus is the vengeance God takes on the wicked.

From The Little Way of Lent

by Fr. Gary Caster

Why do we miss this, as followers of Christ? Isn’t this the most important thing that one could ever learn? God’s justice is not the same as ours. The wages of sin is death, i.e. when I choose sin I choose death not because God condemns me but because sin and death are the separation from God. And if all sin separates me from God what hope have I of ever becoming perfect (perfect meaning without sin)? The answer is: none. Yet if I only take hold of this offering of love to me (surely any offering should be the other way round?) I will live the life God made me to live. Hallelujah! Such a simple thing – if only we realised how much God loves each one of us, instead of listening to the lies and confusion of the enemy, what a life we could lead, what a blessing we would be in the world.

Wow. I never expected any of this when I began my Lenten journey. This is beyond spectacular. I am in awe. That single line encapsulates the entire nature and function of grace: Jesus is the vengeance God takes on the wicked.

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