Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 50:19 which says,
“But I will bring Israel back to his own pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan; his appetite will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.”
Alright in this verse it is talking about the Israelites and just like in my last post they are being compared to sheep. But the difference is that in this verse the Lord is bringing them back to the pasture. And in my last post I said that we were like the Israelites and that we were brought back to the pasture, and in this verse the Israelites were “brought back to the pasture”.
And of course the Israelites weren’t sheep, they were just being compared to sheep. And of course the Israelites are a picture of us. And the way that they are a picture of us is because they were “returned to their pasture” and we were returned to our pasture. But before we could be returned, we had to be lost, and so did the Israelites.
In my last post I brought out a verse in Jeremiah that talked about how the Israelites were led astray. And I talked about how we were born astray. And like I said we have to be lost to be found. And because we were born lost, we were able to be found. So are we just going to leave it at that, are we just going to say “we were lost and then we were found”? And the answer is, no. No we aren’t going to just leave it at “we were lost and we were found”. But what are we going to do?
Well we ask the question “how were we found” we couldn’t just poof be found. And what does “being lost” mean anyway? Well “we were lost” just means that we were lost in our sins. We were going to die because we weren’t perfect and we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice. But that is where we get saved. We get saved by Jesus!
But how are we saved by Jesus? Well God sent His son to die for us. If you remember I said “we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice” and we couldn’t, so that is why God provided that sacrifice for us. He sent His son to die for our sins on the cross! Jesus came down from Heaven to atone for our sins, because nothing and nobody (other than Jesus) could atone for our sins, Jesus did.
But yet another question is why? Why would the son of God die for sinners? And on a cross, really? Yes really. Jesus did die for our sins. And the reason that He died for our sins is because He loved us so much that He died for us. He loved us, even if at first we didn’t love Him He still died for us, And He was still our sacrifice.
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for[a] the sins of the whole world.” (NIV 1 John 2:2)
Jesus was the atoning sacrifice for the whole world. So now we worship Him as our savior, thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your atoning sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.