THE CROSS: GOODNESS OF JUSTICE AND MERCY (1)

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus

 (Romans 3:23-24).

“God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good.”

 In his “In Touch” devotional (8-1-11), Dr. Charles Stanley explains simply the goodness of God as shown through His attributes of justice, righteousness, and mercy:

The cross of Jesus Christ presents us with a dilemma. If the heavenly Father is good and loving, why would He allow His Son to endure the agony of crucifixion?  From our human perspective, there is nothing loving in this scene. But by looking beyond the visible, we’ll see an awesome demonstration of love.

To grasp what was going on at the cross, we need to first understand that the Lord is absolutely righteous and just. He always does what is right and never acts contrary to His nature or His Word. On the other hand, mankind is sinful and deserving of eternal punishment.  God couldn’t simply decide to forgive us, because He would then cease to be just—justice that requires a penalty be paid for sin. Either the Lord had to condemn us all to suffer His wrath, or He needed to devise a p1an that would satisfy His justice, yet allow Him to show mercy.

Praise God that even before the foundation of the world, He already had such a plan in place (Rev. 13:8). The sinless Son of God came to earth in human flesh to be our sin bearer. The Father placed upon Him all our guilt and punishment. Because the Savior’s payment fully satisfied divine justice, sinful man could be declared rlghteous.  Justice punished sin, and mercy rescued sinners.

Now anyone who accepts Christ’s payment on his behalf can be saved.  God’s goodness and love were proved by the very act that looked cruel and hateful. This was the sole plan that could save us, and God’s perfect Son was the only one qualified to be our substitute. And Jesus did it all willingly.

In Him we have the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

 

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,

Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!

Yonder on Calvary’s mount was poured—

There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

 

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within,

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin. –Julia H. Johnson

4 thoughts on “THE CROSS: GOODNESS OF JUSTICE AND MERCY (1)”

  1. Ruby, our SS lesson yesterday was on Justice and Mercy. Thanks for this great devotion. I miss you.

    1. Thanks, Sylvia. I hope part 2 tomorrow will be a blessing as well.

      I miss you & Gene too! Sorry I let you get away without a hug. Times have been a bit hectic for me here. I lost track of the date you were leaving . . . & then you were gone!

      Have a wonderful summer. God bless!

      1. I did enjoy today’s thoughts. Maybe, God is preparing me to show mercy? It seems as though He is teaching me in various ways about justice and mercy.

        How is your health? We have been praying for you and for Milt. Miss you!

  2. Thanks again, Ruby. I’m often reminded of the saying “God is good all the time….” And many times I play the hymn about God’s Grace on the organ during the communion service at our church. Your devotionals are a real blessing–real food for thought and reminders. You’ve been such a blessing in my life through the many years. Yes, God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good! We are so unworthy.

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