Have you ever met anybody who champions Jesus as the model of perfect love who never gets angry at anything or anyone? You know, a Jesus that is all mercy and no wrath?
Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us well of one scene (among many) they may be forgetting:
I know of nothing that is so terrifying in the whole of the Bible, as the statement there in the last book, in Revelation 6, which tells us of those men and women who at the end, when they see (Jesus), will call to the mountains, and the rocks to fall upon them and to hide them – from what? From the wrath of the Lamb, the Lamb of God, the incarnation of love. It is his wrath that is the most terrifying thing of all. (Take from Revival, p. 41).
The wrath of Jesus Christ is the most “terrifying thing of all.” Far from being the harmless teacher whose only message is tolerance and kindness, Jesus Christ is presented in the Bible as the One to fear and turn to for the grace and mercy He alone offers (Matthew 11:28-30) to be saved from the wrath and torment He alone will give (Revelation 6:12-17).
When thinking about Jesus, we must make sure that we don’t think of him lopsidedly. We must make sure we don’t make Jesus all about love and with no hint of wrath and we cannot make him all of wrath with no love. The Jesus of the Bible cannot be contained by just one caption and cannot be adequately described by one attribute.So, let’s not Mr. Potato Head our own version of Jesus. We must let Him be who He says He is and nothing else.
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