Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 35:15 which says, ”
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your fathers.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me.
The Israelites still weren’t obeying! Even though all of the prophets that God had sent were telling them to turn from their wicked ways. Back then everyone had to obey the law perfectly otherwise they would die. But because no human being can be perfect, then they had to offer sacrifices to God. And they hadn’t been sacrificing to just the true God, but to other gods. Anyway they weren’t obeying God like they should have.
The Israelites weren’t perfect, and neither are me and you. But because we have to be perfect to live and we aren’t, then we shouldn’t be alive because I don’t see any sacrifices being made, right? Well if you think about it that’s right, if you leave the most important thing out. Jesus! How does Jesus do anything? Well dying on the cross and atoning for our sins would do something, and that is just what He did.
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. You might ask why He died, because He was perfect and He didn’t deserve death right? That’s right but God planned for Jesus to die because Jesus took all of our sins on Him. He died on the cross to atone for our sins. We have the blood of Jesus on us! His righteousness is on us!
So Jesus was buried and on the third day He rose again. And after He appeared to thousands of people, He ascended into Heaven and He is now preparing a place for us!
Jesus died to atone for our sins, ”
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV 1 John 2:2)
Jesus gave us His righteousness in exchange for our sins,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Are you trusting in the one who became sin for us?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.