Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 52:3 which says,
“It was because of the LORD’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.”
Okay, what is this verse talking about when it says “that all this happened”, what happened? I know it says that the Lord thrust them from His presence but what else happened? The Babylonians took over. The Lord was angry at the Israelites because they had turned away from God, and so he let the Babylonians take them over. Although later He rescued them.
And this is a picture of something, us and Jesus! How is it a picture of us and Jesus? Well the Israelites had the Lord’s anger on them because they sinned and the Lord can’t stand sin, so they were taken over but were going to be rescued later. And we were going to be destroyed because of our sins, only we weren’t only going to be taken over, but we were going to die because of our sins. And this is where it is a little bit different. The Israelites were going to be saved later on, but we had Jesus take our place on the cross.
Jesus rescued us from death by dying for us. Jesus saved us from sin by having our sin on Him. Of course we still have flesh, but Jesus is our example and we follow Him. Clearly God has not directed us all to die on a cross as a martyr or to atone for our sins because Jesus already did. But we do follow His example. But let’s get back to the main point, Jesus died for our sins! Even though He was (and is) the son of God (although He also is God), and even though we were wretched sinners He died for us to save us from the wrath of God.
But why? Why would the son of God (and God) die on the cross for sinners? Two reasons:
- He loved us so much that He died for our sins.
- To glorify Himself, because we couldn’t do it on our own, the glory goes to Him
A verse in the Old Testament that goes along with the verse in Jeremiah 52 is 2 Kings 8:19 which says,
“Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever.”
And that verse clearly portray’s Christ. David was the mediator for the Israelites, and Jesus was our mediator by dying on the cross for us.
Are you trusting in Jesus Christ who died for your sins, as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.