Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 5:13 which says,
“Then my anger will cease and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my wrath on them, they will know that I the LORD have spoken in my zeal.”
Okay, in this verse it just says that the Lord’s anger has subsided. And if you look in the verses before you’ll see that the reason that the Lord’s anger is subsided is because He took out His wrath and anger on all of the Israelite people. Then His anger was subsided, so clearly the Israelite nation had needed a sacrifice that would atone for their sins, but because there was not perfect sacrifice on earth they had God’s wrath on them.
And we were going to have the same thing happen to us. We were going to die with God’s wrath on us because of our sins. We were going to perish. But that is why God provided the sacrifice for us. And Jesus was that sacrifice. Jesus as in God (and the son of God)? Yes Jesus who is God. Why would Jesus die for wretched sinners like 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. For God did not send His son to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.” (NIV John 3:16-17)
This verse clearly states that the reason Jesus died for our sins was because He loved (and He still loves) us. It wasn’t because we deserved to have Jesus die on the cross for us, if we deserved that He wouldn’t even have had to die for us. So Jesus died for us because He loved us, not because we deserved it.
Instead of dying with God’s wrath on us because of our sins like the Israelite nation, Jesus was our sacrifice. We couldn’t have found a perfect sacrifice, but Jesus came down from heaven to atone for our sins,
“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 our atoning sacrifice, but instead of a lamb or an animal He was (and is) perfect and He atoned for our sins perfectly, thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus who atoned for our sins?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.