Did Jesus appease or reveal the Father?
One idea I would like to correct is the idea that “God is no longer capable of anger toward saints since Jesus took the Father’s anger for their sins on the cross.” Allow me to push back for a minute. It is true to say that saints will never experience the condemnation and wrath of God which accompanies final judgment. But to say that God never gets annoyed, frustrated, angry, and never punishes his children is a mistake. Why? Because the secret to understanding God’s anger is understanding his love. My anger is most often unloving anger. But God isn’t like me! God experiences a full range of emotions. He can be pleased, displeased, humored, saddened, moved with compassion, and angered to the point of punishing…We find God in the Bible doing all of these things in relationship to blood-bought saints.
The Lord disciplines those he loves and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.
This idea (that God cannot punish me since Jesus already took that punishment on the cross) comes from a view of the atonement that is primarily legal and punitive, which I think is incomplete enough to call inaccurate. God is interactive. Patience is a virtue, but if patience has no limit then at some point it becomes unloving. This is why the Bible doesn’t say God does not anger. The Bible says that God is slow to anger. The cross doesn’t put an end to that; it does not change God’s character! The cross doesn’t change God’s countenance from interactive and dynamic to an unchanging permanent grin. On the contrary, in the Scripture we find God often more emotionally responsive to His covenantal people than to anyone else. I disagree with this notion. I think it wrongly sees anger as incompatible with right relationship and holy love.
And it wrongly sees the cross as primarily a legal transaction accomplishing mathematically precise moral justice. I don’t view the cross that way at all. The blood of Jesus is enough to cover the sin of a million worlds. There’s no mathematical precision in it. It’s all excess. It’s a marriage proposal, not mathematical justice. It’s sloppy, bleeding, glorious, merciful, redeeming love, poured out in profusion!
The more decades I do this, the more I realize everything in photography comes down to one word: vision.
Call it vision, imagination, or seeing; it all comes down to the same thing: the ability to envision a final result in your mind’s eye, and then to make it so with your tools at hand.
It’s never been about the gear. It’s always been about seeing something, knowing how you want it to look, and making it so. Making it so is the easy part; seeing it in the first place is what makes a photographer. Powers of observation are everything. Snapping a camera is trivial.
I want you to laugh on the journey. The joy of the Lord is your strength. The glory of the Lord is your rearguard. The wisdom of the Lord is your counsel. The presence of the Lord is your comfort, your security, your home plate. I want you to laugh together. I want your children to play together. This is war, but not like the wars men fight. This is a war whose best weapons are righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. I want you to laugh on this journey.
To err is human; to forgive is divine.
To bear many grapes you must live in the vine.
New wine is coming–new wine and new oil.
But patience, my love. Patience, the cure
for the half-hearted, downtrodden, quick-to-quit blues.
It’s time to get schooled in the school of good news.
Joy in the journey. Joy is your strength.
Sorrow is fleeting, but joy will remain.