For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
The wrath of God is not a subject most get real excited about. But as we learned yesterday, the beauty of the Gospel shines so much brighter as we grow in our understanding of God's holiness, wrath and justice. We learned that Jesus came to save us from God's wrath... the consequences of our sinfulness.
We learned Sunday that everyone is "without excuse" before God, we have all sinned. Every one of us knows Gods wrath and judgment. We came to understand that God's judgement of sinful man began with a statement that is used three times in this text: "God gave them up."
Imagine a father with all the resources and loved required to raise his kids taking his 2 year old son to a neighborhood across town that is known for crime, drugs and struggle. Imagine that father dropping the son off on the corner and saying... "alright, you are on your own." And the father leaves, never to return. It's a horrifying thought.
This is what God has done with us. He gave us up to the world and to our sin. This is the foundation of his judgement. And before we think that he is a tyrant... We need to understand that every one of us chose it and caused it. We declared with our sin that we do not want or need God, that we hate God, that we reject His image in us.. Then we demanded that he set us on the street corner. And because of his holiness he did.. He gave us up to the world and our sin.
We see this pictured in the story of Adam and Eve. They chose their own way and God sent them out of the garden. He set them on the corner. He gave them up. And they began to feel the consequences of their own sin. Every one of us feels the consequences of being given up by God. And every one of us will continue to feel those same consequences in the next life if God does not intervene.
And he did. God sent his own perfect and blameless Son on a rescue mission to that same neighborhood. His son came and paid the ultimate price to see those that God gave up, picked up.
As Jesus hung on that cross he cried out: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!" God gave up his own Son so that we could be his sons and daughters again.