Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 33:8 which says,
“I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.”
Wow the Israelites would have all of their sins forgiven and cleansed! But doesn’t there have to be blood and a sacrifice to atone for sins, right? And that is why they kept offering sacrifices to God, and because the sacrifices were animals they had to keep offering them. So what does this verse mean when it says that God would just cleanse and forgive their sins?
Well it means just what it says, God would cleanse and forgive their sins and also He cleansed our sins. But how? By sending His son to die on the cross. Jesus came down from Heaven and was born of a virgin and He lived a perfect life. But most importantly He died for our sins on a cross. The cross was a punishment saved for the worst criminals, but Jesus didn’t even think anything bad, He was (and is) perfect. So why did He die on the cross you ask, well He died for us because He loved (and loves) us.
“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.” (NIV John 3:16)
Jesus died for us because He loved us. We are now cleansed from our sins because Jesus became sin for us. In a sermon my dad preached one time he said that if you put your glove in the dirt the dirt doesn’t become glovey, the glove becomes dirty. And that is what Jesus did for us, He became sin for us so that we could live and not have God’s wrath on us.
The Israelites had atoning sacrifices, but we have the atoning sacrifice, Jesus!
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV John 2:2)
Jesus is our atoning sacrifice.
Are you trusting in the atoning sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.