Hi, God’s word for me today is in Lamentations 2:14 which says,
“The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading.”
Visions of prophets? Oracles? What is this verse talking about? Well the Israelites clearly sinned, and they turned to false prophets because the real prophets were saying that they were going to be captivated. And they wanted to ward of their captivity, so they turned to false prophets. So they were going to false prophets so that they could be told everything was okay and that they wouldn’t be captivated.
But why would they be captivated in the first place? Because of sin. And we have the same problem. We were captivated by our sins and we couldn’t get out, so we were in the same position that the Israelites were in, in sin and captivated. But like them we couldn’t get ourselves out of captivity. And we were going to die because God requires perfection, and because we weren’t perfect and didn’t have a perfect sacrifice on earth.
But that is why Jesus helped us. Who is Jesus? The son of God (and God Himself). But how did He help us? By dying on the cross for our sins! Wait a minute, why would God die for our sins? 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)
God loved us so much that He died for our sins. It is amazing that Jesus would die for our sins, that He would actually come down from heaven to atone for our sins on the cross,
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for[a] the sins of the whole world.”
So Jesus is atoning sacrifice, instead of an animal as our sacrifice we have Jesus, and because Jesus was (and is) perfect He is our sacrifice. But I thought you said we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice on earth, so how is Jesus perfect? Like I said, He came down from heaven to atone for our sins. So He was in heaven, not on earth until Mary gave birth to Him.
Anyway Jesus died for our sins and was buried, but on the third day He rose from the grave and after He appeared to thousands of people, He ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us.
Are you trusting in Jesus who was our atoning sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.