Why would God, the Father, punish God, the Son?
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Dave: Sometimes people are confused… why would God punish God for something humans did?
Jeff: Right – if Jesus was God, why would God the Father punish him… and how does that magically forgive us?
Dave: The reality is, we are forgiven because of God’s vast mercy. Even before the cross, God’s mercy was working.
Jeff: So, why did God punish Jesus? Romans 3:26 tells us plainly: “he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just… and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
Dave: God is just, meaning he is fair and impartial. He should always punish wrong.
Jeff: But he also wants to justify us, meaning he wants to step in and defend us.
Dave: So, the way he demonstrated both his justice and his desire to help us was by sending Jesus to die and take our punishment.
Jeff: The cross was a demonstration of who God really is!
Dave: That doesn’t mean there wasn’t really sacrifice. Jesus paid the ultimate price, and God forgives us through that.
Jeff: Yet, that punishment was to demonstrate God’s justice and forgiveness.