Can the Jesus we know inflict wrath? He can, and does. He is God Almighty and has a responsibility to bring wrath in response to sin.
God’s wrath is just. It is a wise and thoughtful response to our sin, designed to prevent its recurrence and direct our attention to righteousness. Psalm 2, which prophesied of Jesus, spoke of His mercy and His wrath. This theme is repeated in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and 5:9, and elsewhere in the New Testament. These two possibilities of mercy and wrath are amplified dramatically throughout the book of Revelation. And His stern warnings combined with comforting promises in the second and third chapters are reminiscent of the warnings and promises that came by the mouths of the Old Testament prophets.
Because people do not see the Jesus of the gospels inflicting wrath, they can’t easily picture Him doing it as God. There was the occasion of His clearing the money changers out of the temple and cursing the fig tree, but such examples are rare and isolated. We mainly see Him healing, comforting, teaching, and otherwise bringing aid. The explanation of this weighting toward the blessing side of God and away from the wrathful side of God is that Jesus of Nazareth was a human being. Human beings have no right or authority to bring wrath on other human beings. We are not judges in the earth. We are the judged, and we are called to be merciful to others. Jesus was simply acting appropriately as a human being and that means leaving all judgment and wrath to God. As God, He has different responsibilities.
As it says in Psalm 2:12, do homage to the Son…lest His wrath be kindled. We are all going to heaven, but you don’t want to get there the hard way.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.