Who is this who comes from Edom,
With dyed garments from Bozrah,
This One who is glorious in His apparel,
Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
2 Why is Your apparel red,
And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
3 “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.
4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, Isaiah 63:1-4
Most of us have learned to ignore most of the Bible. We acknowledge God’s goodness and blessing and ignore his commands and demand of obedience. It is a day of vengeance. Not because God is mad at you but because he is righteousness and just. When Jesus ascended to the right hand of God to rule the nations, he ascended as both Savior and Judge. The Bible does not say He rules with cotton candy, but with an iron scepter. We have been brainwashed into thinking that God never punishes or corrects. That sounds very much like a man-created god, not the God I know nor the God of the Bible. If it really is a day of vengeance, then we should be solemn, but also joyful. Solemn because of the seriousness of the vile corruption of our world and joyful because God is demonstrating his divine character of righteousness, justice and judgment. A good God punishes evil and makes what is crooked straight. God is red with anger, but it is a holy and righteousness anger that corrects and restores.
Do not fear God’s vengeance, for this very characteristic of God is what cleanses us. God visited his own son with his mighty vengeance, yet we are set free by the blood sacrifice of Jesus. Three days later the greatest gift of life is given through the resurrection. You see God’s vengeance is connected to his love and his righteousness. No one other than Jesus can give you such equity of character. We want the easy way, but God shows us the right way to full restoration and peace.