In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” He said God calls us to repent of our sins, and if we fail to do so, we can expect God’s judgment, either in this life or in the life to come. His sermon was so powerful, that people wept as he preached and shouted, “What must I do to escape God’s judgment?” We seldom hear sermons like that anymore. As a result, some have lost sight of God as holy and just who judges us for our ungodly actions. The author of Psalm 99 invites us to celebrate God’s holiness and majesty. He wrote, “The LORD is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake! The LORD sits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy! Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness.” The Bible is clear that God expects us to live righteously and to treat others with fairness. We all fall short of this ideal, and the only way to find acceptance with him is by faith in Jesus the Christ — the One who bore our sins in his own body on the cross. God gladly forgives all who come to Him in faith. Once He has redeemed us, we spend our lives living for Him, sharing the Gospel, and working for peace, justice, and righteousness.
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