Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 9:6 which says,
“Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.”
Alright, in this verse the Lord is punishing the Israelites by destroying them. And the reason that He is punishing them is because they sinned. In my last post I talked about how the Israelites were defiling everything including the Lord’s house. But the Lord still had mercy on them and said not to touch the ones that had the mark on them.
And we were also going to die because of our sins. If the Lord couldn’t stand the Israelites sins, then He couldn’t stand our sins. And we were going to die. But the Lord had mercy on us and, by marking His son instead of us. How would that help us? Well we weren’t perfect, so at least we could have a perfect sacrifice, but we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice. So you would think that we would die because of our sins, you’d be right and wrong. That’s why Jesus helped us, He was marked for us by dying for us.
Jesus came down from heaven to die for our sins. Jesus was marked for us so that we could live. He was (and is) perfect, and He was our perfect sacrifice. But now the question is, why did Jesus, who is God (and the son of God) die for us? Why would He actually come down from heaven and die for our sins? Plus how do you know that we are sinful?
Well in answer to the last question, if we are sinful, I know we are sinful because that is our flesh. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, we have all been sinful. And in answer to the first question, why would Jesus die for us, I think Romans answers us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV Romans 5:8)
Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. It wasn’t because we were perfect, clearly we weren’t (and we still aren’t on our own) it was because He loved us. So we should worship Jesus because of it, if you look at other religions all of the “gods” in them are not loving gods, but Jesus loved us so much that He died for us.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your atoning sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.