“If God’s holiness requires that a sacrifice be made before he can fellowship with sinners, how did Jesus manage to hang out with sinners without a sacrifice, since he is as fully divine and as holy as God the Father?”
Christ intentionally humbled himself to be with us and take action to restore the separation from our side. [Read Leviticus 16] Just like on the Day of Atonement, there had to be blood that came in from our side to pay our way into the Holy of Holies. We didn’t enter His kingdom when Jesus walked the earth, He dirtied Himself and came to our place.
“And, how are we to understand one member of the Trinity (the Father) being wrathful towards another member (the Son) of the Trinity, when they are, along with the Holy Spirit, one and the same God?”
[2 Corinthians 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.] God the Son stepped into our path and took the bullet for us. It doesn’t mean God is angry with God. It’s not anger like the emotion we feel when we don’t like something, but anger representing the need for resolution of the injustice of our sins. The wrath of God, the Justice of God being worked out was put upon Christ as a man in our place because only a man with the perfect Spirit of God within could be worthy to take that place.
It blows my mind that God could do this, but it makes perfect sense to me at the same time. Hope it does for you, too!
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