The Lead Pastor of the Harvesters International Christian center, Pastor Bolaji Idowu, yesterday in a message titled “Is God Mad at Me?” made use of this analogy. He played this out when he was about to punish an erring son (acted by a Church Member) and was intercepted by another person who decided to take the strokes which were supposed to be punishment for the sin committed by the erring son. Pastor Bolaji after this little drama pointed out that the erring son was completely free and could not be punished anymore as the other person had taken his place.
The seasoned man of God in his message which focused on opening the eyes of believers to the simple truth that God cannot be mad at them, explained this by saying that as believers we are hid in Christ and since God is pleased with Christ he is pleased with us too as joint heirs of Christ. Therefore, when we err or do wrong, God isn’t mad us, he is only angry at the sin. It behoves us therefore as children of God to flee from sin.
Finally, God is not mad at you because of Jesus! The cross has settled it! – 1John2:2
Note: The Church member who got flogged came prepared in padded clothing.