Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 11:12 which says,
“And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.”
Alright, like I’ve said before the Lord is destroying the Israelites because of their sins. They hadn’t kept the Lord’s laws or His decrees, but instead they followed the nations that were around them by offering sacrifices to other gods and turning away from the God. So the Lord destroyed them because of their sins, He can’t look at sin and He has to destroy it.
And like the Israelites we were going to be destroyed because of our sins. Like the Israelites we were sinners and we were going to die. And because the Lord can’t look on sin and we were sinners, He was going to do the same thing to us as He did to the Israelites. But that is why He had mercy on us, and He provided a sacrifice that would atone for our sins and that would take all of the punishment that we deserved upon Him.
Who was that sacrifice? Jesus! Who was and is the son of God (and God Himself). Jesus came down from heaven was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. But of course the most important thing of all was that He died for us. But He didn’t only die on the cross and then be put in a grave, He rose from that grave, and then He ascended into heaven. He took our sins on Him when He died on the cross, and our sins were buried with Him but they didn’t rise with Jesus.
Like the Israelites we were going to die from our sins unless we could obey the law perfectly or find some animal that did (which we couldn’t). But that is why Jesus came down from heaven to die for our sins. But now there is one more question to ask, why on earth would God come down from heaven and live a perfect life, just to die on the cross for sinners?
The answer is that He loved us! He loved us so much He died for us. That is agape love, agape love is the love that only God could have, and He had agape love for us. But of course it wasn’t (and isn’t) because we are so perfect, clearly we aren’t, but Jesus blood on us (spiritually speaking) in God’s eyes we are perfect.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your atoning sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.