"These verses (Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:2, and 4:10) simply mean that Jesus bore the wrath of God against sin. It is important to insist on this fact, because it is the heart of the doctrine of the atonement. It means that there is an eternal, unchangeable requirement in the holiness and justice of God that sin be paid for. Furthermore, before the atonement ever could have an effect on our subjective consciousness, it first had an effect on God and his relation to the sinners He planned to redeem. Apart from this central truth, the death of Christ really cannot be adequately understood."
- Wayne Grudem