Captives

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 12:11 which says,

“Say to them, ‘I am a sign to you.’ 
“As I have done, so it will be done to them. They will go into exile as captives.”

Okay, so Ezekiel was a sign to the Israelites. And Ezekiel was going to tell them that they were going to be captives. The Lord said that He would spare some of them (in the verses after this one) but the reason they were going into captivity was because they sinned. As always the Lord can’t stand sin and that is why they were going to be taken captive.

And like them we were sinners. And we were going to die because of our sins. We were also captives to sin. We were hopeless we were going to die and we couldn’t help it. But that is why Jesus was our sacrifice. He was the one who atoned for our sins, and He did it better than any animal could have ever done. He died on the cross for us.

Jesus was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) and He was (and is) perfect. But He sacrifice Himself and His perfection and took our sins on Him and our place on the cross as an atonement for our sins. The son of God actually did that for us. I know your asking the question, why would the son of God die for us sinners? And the answer is in Romans 5:8,

“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 is amazing love that Jesus would come down from heaven, sacrifice and sacrifice His life for us. He took our sins on Him and He even gave us His righteousness and His perfection, it is truly amazing that Jesus would do that,

“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 not only took our sins on Him but He became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God. So instead of being captive to sin (in the bad way) we are captive to Christ (in the good way). But that doesn’t mean we should keep on sinning, why? Because we are dead to our sins. And Jesus is our example.

Are you trusting in Jesus who set you free from your chains of sin?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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