What a spectacular sight when it happens! But in fact, the Eiffel Tower is struck by lightning about ten times a year. It happened again just recently on May 30th at 2:00am. Around that time, France experienced a few days with record rainfall and lots of storms throughout the country. (We were affected being stuck 3 days, trying to fly in!) The tower has lightening rods at the top, so it attracts the lightning and protects quite a large space around it. The Parisians are safer with that large hunk of metal absorbing the electricity.
Today’s verse reminded me of a lightning rod or conductor. The cross absorbed all of God’s wrath against sin. Jesus, who was sinless, took the punishment on Himself that was rightfully ours to bear. He was pierced, crushed and wounded, all in our place. Because of His sacrifice, He was able to absorb all of God’s righteous anger against sin. To talk about God’s wrath is not a comfortable topic. Yet, without realizing God’s hatred against all wrong-doing, we do not understand how deep is His grace in taking our place!
I am guilty of sometimes treating sin lightly. I have an amazing ability to minimize its seriousness, at least when it comes to me! My sin is never as serious as someone else’s! But when I examine my heart in the light of God’s holiness I become overwhelmed. When I realize the pain and agony He suffered, then I understand how unworthy I am to have His mercy and grace poured out on me!
I am forever grateful to You Lord, for taking my place.