In days of affliction

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Lamentations 1:7 which says,

“In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked at her and laughed at her destruction.”

Alright, this verse is talking about Judah. And since now I am reading in the book of Lamentations, we are going to hear a lot of lamenting, like this verse. Judah is lamenting on how “she” is laughed at because of her destruction, she is lamenting over her destruction. And she is lamenting because she is in enemy hands and no one can help her.

And believe it or not, this sad lamenting state that Judah was in, is the very same thing that we were in and a picture of Jesus. How? Judah was laughed at because of her destruction, and Jesus was laughed at because of His death. Also Judah was in enemy hands and no one on earth could help her, just like how we were in the enemy hands of sin and no one on earth could help us. We were doomed because we couldn’t get out of sin and no other human being could help us out.

But this is where Jesus comes in. Like I said, Judah was laughed at because of her destruction. And Jesus was laughed at because of His death. And we are doomed in our sins. But what is up with people laughing at Jesus death, and how does that help us in our tragic shape of being doomed in sins? Well we were going to die because of our sins and the Lord can’t stand sin, so we needed to be perfect or have a perfect sacrifice, because if we didn’t we die. But we weren’t perfect and we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice anywhere on earth, so we should die. But now is where the question “how does Jesus death help us?”

Well we needed a perfect sacrifice, and Jesus was that sacrifice. Wait a minute, I thought you said that we couldn’t find a sacrifice on earth that was perfect. And the answer is we couldn’t. 2 things help with that.

  1. We couldn’t just walk up to Mary and Joseph and say “hey, your baby boy is perfect, how about offering Him as a sacrifice for the worlds sins on a cross?
  2. Jesus came from heaven, and He was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself).

So now, how did He actually atone for our sins? Jesus was (and is) perfect and He offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He took our sins on Him and He took our place on the cross. In fact He didn’t just take our sins, He 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. We just trust in Jesus as our savior. If it sounds easy, it is, but it isn’t at the same time. Yes accepting Jesus as your savior isn’t hard, but because we aren’t under the law we follow Jesus as our example. Of course we still have flesh and we still sin, but we follow Jesus as our example, and we want to be kind to people and to not lie and steal and just to follow Jesus as our example.

Are you trusting in Jesus, who came down from heaven as and atoning sacrifice for the whole world?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland. 

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