Isaiah 63:2-6 – The Winepress of Wrath
As we approach the end of Isaiah (what a ride it’s been!), we’re brought into the reality of the Day of the Lord spoken of in the bible. That great day when the wrath of God is poured out onto a evil, rebellious world. Granted, it is not a pretty sight:
Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.” (Isaiah 63:2-6)
If you are a bible student, you’ll immediately catch the similarities between this passage and Revelation chapter 19:
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)
Yes saint, God has delegated the judgment of the world to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ:
…the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son (John 5:22)
We might have a hard time seeing Jesus, the one who went like a lamb to His death, who died for our sins, being the same Jesus who will execute judgment.
But if you consider it for a moment, it makes perfect sense. Jesus was the one who willingly allowed Himself to be beaten, humiliated, and endured death by crucifixion as the just payment for the sins of mankind.
From that point forward, any human that desires to be reconciled to God can simply place their faith in Christ, and their sins are forgiven. They will not be punished, as Jesus took their punishment. The most evil, violent person on earth can bow before Jesus, and they’ll be pardoned.
Which makes Jesus the perfect and just judge for mankind. He personally knows what the wrath of God should be, as He personally experienced it on behalf of man.
This also tells me something important about my standing with God – God will never punish me for messing up. Jesus already took that punishment! Surgeon put it this way:
“You will hear one say, that such-and-such a good man was punished for his transgressions; and I have known believers think that their afflictions were punishments sent from God on account of their sins. The thing is impossible; God has punished us, who are his people, once for all in Christ, and he never will punish us again. He cannot do it, seeing he is a just God. Afflictions are chastisements from a Father’s hand, but they are not judicial punishments. Jesus has tredden the wine-press, and he has trodden it alone: so we cannot tread it.” (C. H. Spurgeon)
So Christian, let us not bemoan the just judgment that will come upon this world on that great and terrible day.
No. A much better use of our time would be to pray for those that we know are heading into judgment, and ask the Lord to soften their hearts to the gospel.
A much better use of our time would be to share with them that Christ died so that they would not have to face the winepress of the wrath of God.
And while we’re at it, let’s praise and worship Him for sending Christ, so that we could have life – life abundant in Christ.
We can change the world, one life at a time…