by Travis Bryan III
Both The Love of God and the Wrath of God are found in the same time, person and place: in the Cross of Christ!
The cross event works simultaneously both the love and the wrath of God. The believer sees and surrenders to the cross as God’s love. The unbeliever sees and rejects it as death. It becomes therefore either good news or terror, life or death, victory or defeat, freedom or bondage. Its beauty or ugliness lies in the eye of its beholder.
In Daniel 3, the fiery furnace symbolizes the cross of Christ which is to its participants either life or death, terror or good news, freedom or bondage depending on how the beholder views, approaches and responds to it.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo approached the fiery furnace in faith. Dan 3:17. The mighty men of valor, who pushed the three into the furnace, were destroyed by its fire. These two groups signify the two ways people respond to the gospel. They either see the fire of the cross as good news or bad news. The gospel of “dying to self” daily (Luke 9:23-24) is viewed as terror to most of the world. It is viewed as freedom, deliverance, resurrection power and glory by the believer. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were “loosed” from bondage thru the fiery furnace. The believer is loosed from the law, sin, death and Satan’s power only through the Cross.
Lo, I see 4 men LOOSE, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the fourth is like the Son of God. Dan 3:25.
The lions’ den in Dan 6 also contains the exact same example.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with the everlasting burnings? Isaiah 33:14-24.
The cross is both God’s destructive wrath and His pure freeing love. Which way do you see it?
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