We had a wonderful sermon at church this morning, from Peter Jensen, on the subject Why did Jesus have to die?
What hit me most powerfully, however, were Peter's first words in response to the question "How did you become a Christian?"
Peter responded immediately, and I quote, "The thing that appealed to me first was that God judges."
An extraordinary statement! Peter became a Christian as a teenager at the 1959 Billy Graham crusade. I may come back with a bit more on what he actually said in his sermon at some stage, but I sat contemplating those particular words for quite a time. There is a school of thought that says we need to preach judgement less rather than more, especially when dealing with teenagers who may be sensitive and emotionally vulnerable. Whatever we may think of this, Peter's experience was that the understanding of God's terrible judgement was quite literally the key to his teenage conversion to Christ.