Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 50:34 which says,
“Yet their Redeemer is strong; the LORD Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.”
Okay, so in this verse it is talking about the Israelites or the people of Judah. And the Israelites (or the people of Judah) were being oppressed and captivated, and in this verse it says that the Lord who was the Israelites redeemer would protect them. And not only that but He would defend their cause and bring them rest, so over all the Lord is a redeemer, a protector and one who brings rest.
And like always this verse and the Israelites are a picture of something, which is us. And the way that the Israelites are a picture of us is that they were captive, and “all their captors held them fast and refused to let them go” (verse 33). Also the Lord was their strong redeemer, their protector and their rest. And for us we were held fast in sin, and we couldn’t pull ourselves out, it would be as easy as rising from the dead out of our own will.
So like the Israelites we were captives, and we were oppressed in our sins. In fact we were born in our captivity, we were born sinners. But the Israelites had the Lord as their protector and strong redeemer and their rest, so what do we have? Well we have Christ. We have the Lord as our protector and strong redeemer and as our rest. But how is Christ our protector, redeemer and rest?
Well we have Christ as our redeemer because He died for us! We were going to die in our sins because we weren’t perfect and we didn’t have a perfect sacrifice, in fact no where on earth could there be found a perfect sacrifice for us. But that is why Jesus was that sacrifice. I know that I just said that you couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice on earth, but Jesus came down from heaven to atone for our sins. Because He is the son of God.
What! The son of Gow would actually die for sinners? I doubt that. But actually it’s true. But why would the son of God die for our sins on a cross? The answer is because He loved (and still loves) us. He loved us so much that He died on that cross even though we deserved to. He loved us so much that He took our place on a sinners cross with our sins on Him. He loved us so much that He would give His life for us even though we were sinners and we scoffed and spit at Him.
Jesus died for us because He loved us, and if we truly know the gospel, and if our eyes are opened, we should love Jesus for all that He has done for us. We should worship Jesus because He died for us on the cross. We should worship Him because He took our sins on Him and gave us His righteousness,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus became sin for us so that we could be the righteousness of God.
Are you trusting in Jesus loving sacrifice that atoned for our sins on the cross?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.