In my sermon on Sunday [you can listen here] I made a statement, and my daughter Jess who is visiting from Oregon these days with her hubby, asked me about it afterwards.
The statement I made is that repentance replaces justice with mercy, and she challenged the idea that Justice is eliminated by mercy.
I see my mistake, and she is so right. How could justice be removed? Justice is a part of our unchanging God’s character.
It is in fact God’s just nature that made the incarnation necessary in the first place.
The sense I was going after in my sermon was that repentance moves us from a place of standing guilty in the eyes of God’s judgment to a place of innocence by applying the freely offered blood of Jesus as payment for our transgression.
But clearly my words got away from me.
The couplet from the hymn we were considering had it right.
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.
[From Angels from the Realms of Glory - James Montgomery]
So, I humbly stand corrected, and am thrilled by the aspects of justice satisfied and mercy freely offered. I do love the story of the incarnation!
Walking in blessing.