God: Terrifying tyrant, Just judge, or caring creator,?

Each week we are asking the speaker to give quick answers to the three top questions from the group discussions. This week, Andrew answers your questions from the group time.

Why was Jesus punished for our sin, when we should be punished instead?
The best way to think about this is to imagine being in a law court. God, as the judge, rightly finds us guilty of sin but, because he loves us, he chooses to pay the fine for us in Jesus. As Paul writes in Romans 3, Jesus died "so that God could be both just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."

How can we reconcile God's perfect love and perfect justice?
We see it perfectly at the cross. There, God shows his perfect justice in rightly punishing sin, which Jesus voluntarily took upon himself. In Jesus's free choice to suffer instead of us, we see God's perfect love, taking the punishment himself so that we could be free.

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Jonathan Vaughan, 04/11/2015