Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 4:4 which says,
“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself.[a] You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.”
Okay so the Lord is telling Ezekiel to lie on his left side and take all of the sins of Israel on him. Why would Ezekiel do that? Because the Israelite nation needed someone to atone for their sins somehow. Because they were going to die of their sins if they didn’t have some sort of sacrifice. So Ezekiel was going to be their mediator.
And Jesus was the same thing for us. How? Well we were sinners just like the Israelite people and Ezekiel was their mediator just like Jesus was for us, and He was our mediator when He died on the cross for us. Jesus the son of God (and God Himself) died for us on the cross. And Ezekiel is a picture of Christ because he bore the sins of the Israelite people on him. Of course Jesus wasn’t on His left side when He died on the cross for us, but that is a small detail because Jesus died for us!
And Ezekiel didn’t die for the Israelite’s sins, he only waited around on his left side. Jesus had our sins on Him and He took our place when He died on the cross. But why would Jesus die for our sins? It seems amazing that God would die for our sins. It is amazing, and the reason that Jesus died for us is because He loved (and loves) us. He loved us so much that He took our place on the cross, He loved us so much that He died for us and He loved us so much that He came down from heaven as our atoning sacrifice.
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (NIV 1 John 2:2)
Jesus was (and is) our atoning sacrifice, and that is amazing. So now we should worship Jesus as our savior and our atoning sacrifice. 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 took our sins on Him and gave us His righteousness, thank you so much Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus as the atoning sacrifice that paid the price for our sins?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.