Death and torment

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Lamentations 1:20 which says,

“See, O LORD, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.”

Alright, so this is talking about Judah or Israel, and it is saying that Israel is distressed. Why is Israel distressed? Because of sin, this verse also says that Israel was rebellious. And the rest of it is saying that Israel is in torment and that inside is death. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to be perfect and not have torment and death? Well no, it wouldn’t be easier to be perfect.

You see, we can’t be perfect. And neither could the Israelites. But how could Israel be helped? And because we all have the same problem, how can we be helped? Wait, we have the same problem? Yes we do, we are all sinners and we need to be perfect because God can’t stand sin, but what do we deserve? We deserve death. How can we save ourselves? The answer is quite simple, we can’t, we aren’t perfect and we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice. But Jesus helps us.

Like I said, Jesus helps us, but how? By dying on the cross for our sins! We weren’t perfect and we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice, so Jesus was that sacrifice. But Jesus was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself), and it is doubted that He would die for our sins. If your asking why the reason is because He loved (and loves) us.

“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.” (NIV John 3:16)

Jesus died for our sins because He loved us. It is amazing that Jesus would die for our sins. That Jesus would trade our sins for 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)

God took our sins on Him in exchange for His righteousness. He took our place on the cross, and He took our death and sins. We had death inside of us (because of our sins) but Jesus took that from us when He died on the cross.

Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.


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