The God Who Is There

Rarely on my blog do I venture into the highly debated passages of Scripture, but I was so impressed with the thirteenth chapter from D. A. Carson’s book, ‘The God Who is There,’ that I felt I would be selfish to not share this.

Carson walks his readers through an exposition of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. He describes this as one of the horrific chapters of the Bible. You’ll recall, in this chapter, the reader comes face to face with a very angry God. So angry, that we see Him pour forth the full measure of His wrath.

John uses the imagery of wine-making to explain how terrible this wrath is. During the time of the writing of this book, it was common to water wine down to stretch it out a bit. A decent wine would consist of three parts water to one part wine… but a very cheap person would dilute his wine with as much as ten parts water. You can see this play out well in Jesus’ first miracle. Remember? “You saved the best for last!”

I’m told that the Jewish people would not drink undiluted wine. They considered it barbaric. But in John’s account of his vision, God’s wrath here is described as full strength. The destruction, gore, and blood described in these verses sends the reader running rapidly back to John 3:16 and 14:1 to find comfort from the imagery of this God who is bent on demonstrating His anger!

And that brings me to my point. How often do we stop and consider that this anger described in these debated verses is the very anger and wrath that Jesus endured on the cross. The full measure of God’s judgement fell upon our Savior as He bore our sins on the tree!

One of Carson’s ego-deflating quotes shows up as a point in this chapter. He says, “Any Christian who teaches on these things without tears is betraying Jesus.”

I am confident I will never read the book of Revelation the same again. I highly recommend this book by Carson. I would list it as a must-read!

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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8 Responses to The God Who Is There

  1. Jeff says:

    I may have to check this out.

  2. We all know the extent of the physical agony of crucifixion, but as extreme as that agony was, I believe the agony of the perfect, sinless Jesus in becoming sin far, far, far exceeded the physical.

    When I think of the cross, I think of the spiritual agony of Jesus as He bore my sin, and I think of the (beyond imagination) agony of the Father as He poured out His wrath of His beloved Son, separated from Him for the only time in all eternity . . . all because of MY sin!

    What an amazing Father God!
    What an incredible Saviour!

  3. You just scared the ……. out of me….lol.

  4. lambskinny says:

    This may se arrogant – I hope not! – but I consider Jesus enduring the full measure of the wrath of God all the time! Without this suffering on Jesus’ part I’d be in hell already! Thanks Michael. Carley

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