Friday, September 13, 2013
A Father’s Love and the Wrath of God
Raising children is not easy but the joy that it brings is immeasurable. As children grow, they learn by their own, practices their free will in the decisions they makes. As a parent, as a father, we only want what is best for our children. In their path, they are bound to make wrong choices and of course we, as parents who love them will get angry for we do not want them to destroy their lives. Even if we get so angry and disappointed, it would never mean that we no longer love our children. This is the same with our Lord God.
Lately, I came across an article about PCUSA or what we know of as the Presbyterian Church of U.S.A, they have decided to remove the hymn In Christ Alone which was composed by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend. It was removed because of the phrase, “Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied”. I for one disagree on this decision because I love the song and for me, this line does not imply any negative thoughts at all.
For me, this line is very significant, especially because I’m also a father. Indeed this song is also telling us about our Lord God’s wrath towards us. Yes, he was really angry at us and he has all the right to be angry. How could a loving father bear to see his children destroy themselves?
Our Lord God is an all forgiving father but we all know that we all deserve punishment. Many times it was mentioned in the bible that God was so sad of what became of his children. He was determined to discipline us – but He is still our father, and He thought of another way. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He sent His only son, He made Him flesh and blood and with that, Jesus Christ also had his own will. He walked with us, learned that even in the darkest hour of mankind, we were worth saving. He had His choice and He chose to save us by sacrificing Himself. Just like any father, we would want to teach our children lessons so that they would know what is right from wrong, but since His kindness is great, He shared to us His greatest blessing and lesson – His Son.
When Jesus Christ died on that cross, our Father Lord God released all our sins and gave us another chance in life. We are blessed to be here and every time I hear that song, I am so grateful. I guess, we may interpret songs differently, but if we listen from our hearts, the message is clear. He loved us, He saved us and we are here because of that. A father’s love for his children is never ending.