Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 40:4 which says, ”
But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.”
The imperial guard is talking here and he is telling Jeremiah that he can go free of his chains and go wherever he wants. He telling Jeremiah that he can go free, no cost or anything like that. Why? Because Nebuzaradan told him to.
This is a picture of Jesus. If you don’t see how I’ll explain. We were in the chains of sin, and we couldn’t get out. We were captive to our sins, sin was our master. How is Jesus in this? Jesus is like the imperial guard because He set us free. He came and set us free from our master, from our chains of sin.
How? By dying on the cross! Jesus died on the cross to free us of our sins. He took our sins and the wrath of God on Him, He became sin, so that we could become the righteousness of God.
21 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)
Jesus became sin for us. He set us free from sin. With Jeremiah the imperial guard also says “if you do not want to, then don’t come” and if you haven’t accepted Jesus as your savior, then why don’t you do it now?
If you want to accept Jesus as your savior, then pray this prayer (or something like it):
Dear Heavenly father, thank you for sending your son to take all of my sin on Him. Help me to accept Him as my savior, in Jesus name, amen.
So Jesus died for our sins, why? John answer’s that question in John 3:16 (and 17), ”
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.”
God loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. Jesus came down from Heaven and died a criminals death (even though He was and is perfect) for us! Thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.