Summary: An evangelistic sermon on Isaiah 12
Sermon for 7/8/2007
You Were Angry With Me
The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian militant group Black September. By the end of this hostage situation 17 people had died. In response, the Israeli government launched Operation Wrath of God. It was a covert operation directed to assassinate individuals alleged to have been involved in the 1972 Munich massacre. This operation was stalled when some Israeli spies killed a man in Norway that had not connections at all with the Munich massacre. Let me say that the real Wrath of God is nothing like this. God knows who he is angry with and without repentance these individuals will suffer the real Wrath of God.
A. Many people believe that God always loves and that is all that God is.
B. In this many forget that God cannot tolerate sin. (Heb 12:14 NIV) without holiness no one will see the Lord.
C. Who here is completely holy and without sin? (James 2:10) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
D. Without the removal of sin, God is angry with us. We are under God’s wrath. Now there is a difference between God’s anger and God’s wrath. Anger is the emotion and wrath is the action.
E. Look at these verses:
1. (Psa 2:5 NIV) Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath
2. (Psa 7:11 NIV) God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.
3. (Nahum 1:6 NIV) Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.
4. (Heb 10:31 NIV) It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
F. There is coming a day when the Lord will have enough and this place will be destroyed by the Lord’s wrath. (2 Pet 3:10 NIV) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
G. Two questions for us this morning:
Thesis: How can we turn away God’s anger against us? What happens when God’s anger is turned away?
I. How can we turn away God’s anger and wrath against us?
A. Now God is perfect in all his ways and God is also perfect in his love. His anger is aroused all of the time but so is his love. It is like a child that we have lost in a big department store. When we find him, we want to love him and hold him, but we also want to beat him because he didn’t obey us.
B. Because of his love for us, God provided a way for us to turn away his own anger.
1. (1 Th 5:9 NIV) For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. (John 3:36 NIV) Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.
3. (Isa 53:6 NIV) the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
4. (Rom 5:9 NIV) Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!