Easter Week Devotion - Day 3

 

I don’t often think about water filtration, but when I do, I’m probably at a water park.

Maybe I’m the only one, but I can’t help thinking about the millions of gallons that are constantly pumped over, around, through, under, and between the rides, slides, and flooded playgrounds.

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It’s those playgrounds that really get me. There is sooo much water. And, of course, the piece de resistance is the bucket. You know the one. The giant bucket that hangs precariously over the playground and over the heads of hundreds of children who are just waiting for that magical moment when that bucket—that has been filling with gallons upon gallons of water for the last 10 minutes—dumps, inundating their world of water with a flood that (as if it wasn’t already) soaks everything under its mighty torrent.

All that water has to go somewhere. The pumps and filters making it all work are going non-stop, moving and cleaning the water, just so it can be dumped again.


And now let’s compare that to a grimmer picture: the cup of God’s wrath. A cup far bigger and more powerful than even the largest waterpark playground. In fact, the first torrent that fell from God’s cup of wrath flooded the entire earth and—except for one family and a handful of animals—everything in it.

Wrath is the reaction of a loving God when He sees the effect of sin on His creation. And, as sinful people, it’s a reality we have to face.

Throughout the Old Testament, people were instructed to make sacrifices, but those weren’t one-and-done sacrifices. They were like those filters, constantly cycling, constantly working on an ongoing basis to pay for our sin: a price that we’re all required to pay.

But to completely account for the wrath, to completely pay for our sin, we would need a vessel that was completely perfect. One that could completely accept the completely devastating flood of wrath that God would pour out and be able to say, “The debt has been completely paid.”