“If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭50:12‬ ‭NIV

God doesn’t need our sacrifices; He doesn’t need to be appeased. It is the reality of justice and the goodness of His creation that we offend against when we sin that makes atonement necessary.

It is because He is just that there must be payment for sin; to do less is to devalue the victim of the offence.

Why are we are so outraged when a murderer or pedophile gets a light sentence? Because it treats the value of the victim as less significant than the rights of the perpetrator. We instinctively feel the punishment should fit the crime.

It was sheer grace that even the Old Testament sacrifices were even allowed to atone for Israel’s sin, and it is a far greater grace that the death of Christ is sufficient for ours.

Christianity has never been about appeasing an angry God; our penalty was taken by Christ. We just have to put down our pride long enough to realize we could never earn our way back anyways. It’s a gift of grace, and it humbles us to accept it.

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