The British Government responded harshly to Guy Fawkes conspiracy. Hung for his crime. And remembered for his conspiracy even 411 years later.
What of the human conspiracy to dethrone God?
Psalm 2v4 – heaven laughs
And – the LORD scoffs
On the one hand, it’s laughable and futile… heaven says “as if…”
The crowds mocked Jesus in his crucifixion, and mockery means what the next verses says:
Psalm 2v5 – he rebukes in anger
And – he terrifies in wrath Heaven’s anger is stirred.
What is the terrifying word of God's wrath?
Heaven speaks. ‘I have installed my king on… my holy mountain’
The true king is the Lord Jesus, the LORD’s Anointed one.
When is he lifted up? Where is he crowned? At the cross.
God’s word of wrath against human sin is the cross of the true king. Not immediate judgement on the world… Not to hang, draw and quarter us… No. To put forth the true king to bear the wrath stirred by human sin. To offer himself in our place.
It’s unimaginable that King James would’ve done that isn’t it? Could King James of the King James Version of the Bible fame have put himself in Guy Fawkes place? A good man might die for his friends, but for his enemies??
No-one would give themselves for those who conspire to destroy him? But, King Jesus does exactly that – look at his cross, and see there – the kindness of God which we so despise, displayed and enacted in him giving himself for us.
The cross is a terrifying word of wrath - this is what sin deserves. But it is also a word of hope - bear your own sin, or have him bear it for you.
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