Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 23:40 which says, “I will bring upon you everlasting disgrace everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”
Wow, everlasting disgrace and everlasting shame that won’t be forgotten! You might wonder why God would bring that on the Israelites, well it’s because they sinned against the Lord. They were “prophesying” the Lord’s oracle, which wasn’t the Lord’s, it was their own. They were pretending to be prophets and ask each other what the Lord said, and what they thought He said wasn’t true. And the Lord was going to make them ashamed and disgraced of their sins, as if doing something like that wasn’t shameful enough!
And we should be ashamed of our sins. But the Israelites offered sacrifices to God (and to other gods) but we don’t need to, why? Because of the one true sacrifice that really was (and is) perfect, He was the atoning sacrifice that paid of all of our sins He died to forgive us of our sins, why am I using the word he? Because this ultimate sacrifice wasn’t an animal, it was (and is) a person, who? Jesus! Jesus atoned for our sins, Jesus died to forgive us of our sins, thank you Jesus.
You might be wondering why He died for our sins,
“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 to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. (NIV John 3:16-17)
Jesus is our atoning sacrifice, and we can always trust in Him. But even though He atoned for our sins and forgave us of our sins, that doesn’t mean that we can keep on sinning,
“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (NIV Romans 5:20-21 & Romans 6:1-3)
W are dead in our sins and alive in Christ, so we shouldn’t keep on sinning.
Are you trusting in Jesus atoning sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.