Did Jesus’ Death Satisfy God’s Wrath? [REBLOG] [261]


Out of Bounds

I lead worship music at our church and deeply love the song “In Christ Alone”, but have always struggled with the line,

Till on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on him was laid

Did the death of Jesus satisfy God’s wrath? I think it is important to explore this question carefully. I’d like to propose three considerations, 1) biblical, 2) theological and 3) cultural. The first, which I will gladly retract in light of proof to the contrary, is that there is no direct biblical support for this idea – the Bible never teaches that Jesus’ death satisfies God’s wrath. It does say that his death provided propitiation (“atonement” or, yes, even “satisfaction”) for sins in Romans 3:25 and this is explicitly connected to God’s justice or righteousness there, but this is said to be in demonstration of God’s righteousness here…

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