Hi, God’s word for me today is in Isaiah 32:14-15 which say, “The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; Citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks, till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.”
What is he talking about? He’s talking about when terror will come to Jerusalem, but we can see it a different way, we can see the gospel in it (if you have gospel glasses on, which you should) because we were in the desert of sin, and we were dying in our sin, but then Jesus came into our hearts, and He made the “desert” of sin a fertile land, how? By dying for us, because we were going to die because of our sins, we were going to have every sin that we had ever done, and God’s wrath on us, but that is why Jesus died for our sins, so that we wouldn’t have to, thank you so much Jesus.
But why did He die for our sins? John 3:16-17 tells us why, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (NIV)
That means that He died for us because He loved us, and He still loves us, it may seem hard to believe that He loves us, because of all the sins that we’ve done, or it may seem easy to see that He loves us because “after all, we are very good people”, but that’s not true, because we aren’t good people, and it isn’t because of anything that we’ve done, are doing or are going to do, and He does love us, because He took away our sins on the cross, but that doesn’t mean we can keep on sinning,
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (ESV Romans 5:20-21 & Romans 6:1-3)
Are you still living in the desert of sin, or are you in the fertile land because Jesus changed you when He died for you?