That’s right — that’s our message for 2015, God isn’t mad anymore!
Was He mad once? Well, yes. In fact, in the Old Testament you find numerous accounts of times He had second thoughts about this world He created and the people He populated it with. Once, He got so mad, He destroyed every living thing except for one man’s family and enough animals to start all over. However, it wasn’t long before things were almost as bad as they were before. So yes, God was mad, and mostly, He was mad at injustice — at the cruelty that we are capable of carrying out towards one another.
But God had a plan. It’s actually been His plan from the beginning. He has worked His plan dramatically throughout human history so as to teach us about love, and bring glory to Himself. It’s a masterful plan — something we could never have thought up ourselves.
Here it is in its entirety — the part that tells us God isn’t mad anymore; and not only that, it tells us it is our job to let everybody know that.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
There it is. Nothing can be any clearer. God isn’t mad anymore because He put everything that made Him mad (sin) on His Son, Jesus Christ, so that it could be put away forever, and He could be kind to us instead. In short, He got mad at Jesus so He could be free to accept us and love us. Jesus became sin so we could become sinless, not by anything we do or don’t do, but by the sheer free gift of sinlessness, which is what righteousness means.
So that’s why God isn’t mad anymore. Now it’s 2015, and high time we picked up on the message He gave us to give out — the message of reconciliation, a big word that means “the restoration of friendly relations.” Or … God isn’t mad anymore, and wants to be reunited with us. That’s a story you can tell the world. That’s a story you can show the world.
It’s 2015. People think God is mad because many of His alleged followers are. We have to correct that. What a great message! Can you think of anything better? God isn’t mad anymore because He removed the offense.
Write me and let me know how you think you might be able to spread this message. Give me some practical examples I can pass on to everyone.