“God’s Day of Wrath”
March 6, 2016
We like to celebrate special days and holidays. So each week we remember the work of Christ for us on Sunday. And of course in a few weeks there is Easter and we just finished Christmas. And we also like a few lesser known holidays, like President’s Day and April Fool’s Day. And then there are the really obscure special days: a couple of weeks ago I turned the page on my daily calendar to discover that day was “Chili Day” and I was exhorted to go home an make a pot of chili for dinner.
So if I were to ask you what day today is, your natural reaction might be to say, “It’s Sunday.” And that’s correct. But did you also know that it’s “White Chocolate Cheesecake Day” and “Frozen Food Day” (inaugurated by President Reagan in 1984)? And Tuesday may be Keith’s birthday, but it’s also “Proofreading Day” and “Organize Your Home Office Day” and “International Women’s Day” and “Peanut Cluster Day.” And yesterday was “Cheese Doodle Day.” I took a few minutes Friday morning to discover these things, but I quit when I came across the fact that Thursday was “What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day” and I was being encouraged to think about and celebrate my dog and cat.
I figured most days had some special recognition, but finding just how commercial and ridiculous it became with 4-8 “special” events attached to each day surprised me.
I was thinking about all those days because there is a day most people refuse to think about. It is the Day of the Lord, or as Paul calls it in Romans 2:5 — the day of the wrath of the Lord. There is not only the general judgment of God that Paul speaks of in 1:18, but there is one climactic special day of God’s wrath.
There will be a final judgment when all unrighteous men will be judged.
In this verse there are three realities about God’s final judgment — and all people must consider it:
- The Inevitability of Final Judgment (v. 5b)
- The Fairness of Final Judgment (v. 5a)
- The Nature of Final Judgment (v. 5c)
Download the rest of this sermon from Romans 2:5.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website later today.