God's Wrath and God's Grace
The cross upon which Jesus Christ hung demonstrates both God's wrath and His grace, for thereon Christ suffered the wrath of God so that God's grace can be offered to us. God warns us that He will have a day when He judges the deeds of every person, and in indignation and wrath He will punish the unrighteousness and ungodliness of men. Jesus Christ wasn't unrighteous or ungodly, but he died a cruel death anyway, for He willing went to the cross to pave the way for men to escape the coming day of God's wrath. There were three crosses that day, and the men who hung on the crosses on either side demonstrate the choice we all have: one of acknowledging our sin and our need for God's grace, or choosing to die in unbelief and suffer the wrath of God ourselves. Notice the two very different responses of the men who hung on either side of Jesus Christ:
And there were also two others, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, "If thou be Christ, save thyself and us." But the other answering rebuked him, saying, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss." And he said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:32–33, 39–43
Which malefactor will you be?
A malefactor is an evil-doer, one who has done evil to another; one guilty of offending the law. In plain honesty, you are a malefactor. We all are. It is as if right now you hang on a cross, guilty of the condemnation of death, waiting to die. But, while you still have breath, you can still make a choice:
- Accept your guilt and trust Christ as your substitute redeemer, and receive God's grace.
- Reject the truth of your guilt, die in your unbelief, and suffer the wrath of God.
Please listen to the audio message that helps explain why we are guilty before God, and why God can freely forgive us and give the gift of His grace instead.
Please visit our gospel Q&A page for answers to some of the most common questions about our guilt and God's grace.
We have also provided a point-by-point visual outline of the gospel of Christ as presented in Romans 1:18–Romans 3:26. This outline shows the major and minor points of the gospel and how scripture presents this message in its entirety.