Mount Wrath

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Imagine with me for one minute a world that for every sin you or I commit, there is a stone to be thrown at us in punishment for that sin.
But rather than these stones being cast at the moment of the offence, they are stored up for a day when a great judge will throw them all at once.

A Stone for every single lie ever told; every lustful thought or action; everytime you had unjust anger or said a harsh word. Everytime you disobeyed or dishonoured your parent; everytime you coveted something or moved forward with that to steal; a stone for each & every sin that we commit in our lives.

Suddenly its not just a pile of stones coming at you; rather a mountain of judgement is about to land on your head!

Stop imagining:
We find time and again in the Bible, that God will punish sin; every sin. But that He is putting off, or holding back His wrath (2Peter 3:9), and we see a principle in Romans 2:5 were by unrepentance and unwillingness to follow Jesus continues to heap up God's wrath against us.

This wrath awaits the 'day of wrath', the day of judgment when God's fierce, holy anger over sin will be poured out and when God "will render to each one according to his deeds" (Rom 2:6).

My illustration of rocks has many flaws, most of all is that a mountian landing on us would be pale in comparison to the wrath of God and eternal hell (Yes punishment will last forever).

And that's why Jesus came, He lived a righteous life and died a cruel death. While upon the cross God's wrath was poured out upon Him. This mountian of judgment that we deserve landed upon Him who knew no sin.
Now, because He has dealt with sin He offers redemption from it and peace with God. If anyone believes upon Jesus should not receive God's wrath but will have eternal life. As our sin was placed upon Him at the cross, His righteousness is credited to us and so we are counted as children of God and enter a relationship with Him.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21)