For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion and mercy I will gather you [to Me] again.
In a little burst of wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with age-enduring love and kindness I will have compassion and mercy on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer. – Isaiah 54:7-8 [AMP]
I remember about 15 years ago we made posters where we advertised meetings that we held with a preacher from the USA in our town that said, “God is not angry.” People were so angry with that statement, that we said that God is not angry! Many people, including Christians believe in an angry God… Allow me to share this wonderful truth with you today and help you to see that God is not angry with you! He loves you!
That brief moment that Isaiah 54 verse 7 speaks of was that moment on the cross where God forsook Jesus. Jesus represented humanity, so that was the only moment where God forsook “us”. Jesus cried on the Cross, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” The same Jesus said that he will never leave us nor forsake us. He was forsaken and took the wrath that we deserved upon Himself. WE ARE NOW FOREVER ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED. We are completely loved and accepted and all we need to do is to believe in Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 54:9 says; “For this is like the days of Noah to Me; as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you.” Read it again and again, until you see and believe it. It says that God swore that He will NEVER BE ANGRY WITH YOU.
In Isaiah 63 (please go and read it, verse 1 to 7), we see a beautiful prophetic picture of Jesus on the cross. Isaiah the prophet spoke about the fact that His wrath upheld Him, His own arm brought Him the victory. He mentions the day of vengeance and the year of redemption in the same sentence. Can you see that it was A DAY of vengeance and then A YEAR of redemption? It was only for that moment on the cross that God hid His face from Jesus and His wrath was poured out on Jesus on the Cross and now we have eternal redemption through His blood. Let us read this part together. “Why is your apparel splashed with red, and Your garments like the one who treads the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone…” Isaiah 63 verse 2 and 3. Now look at Revelation chapter 15 verse 19 and 20: “ So the angel swung his scythe on the earth and stripped the grapes and gathered the vintage from the vines of the earth and cast it into huge winepress of God’s INDIGNATION AND WRATH. And (the grapes in) the winepress were trodden outside the city.”
The implication is as follows: if you say there are some things that you can do that brings God’s wrath or judgement upon you, then you do not believe and understand that it was poured out on Christ. God’s wrath was directed towards the sin that He took upon Himself in Christ when He died on the cross. So, in a certain sense I can say that God poured His wrath out on sin after He took all the sin of all time of all people upon Himself. Every single sin (past, present and future) of all people, for all time, were punished in the body of Jesus Christ. He cried out: “It is finished!”
He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 (AMP)