Guilty

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 14:10-11 which says,

“They will bear their guilt—the prophet will be as guilty as the one who consults him. 11 Then the people of Israel will no longer stray from me, nor will they defile themselves anymore with all their sins. They will be my people, and I will be their God, declares the Sovereign LORD.’”

Alright, here the Lord is saying that the prophet (Ezekiel) is going to be as guilty as the one who consults Him. The reason it says that people will consult Ezekiel is that the Lord said they would. Anyway, what is happening is that the Lord is saying that the prophet is going to be as guilty as the Israelites, and because of it the Israelites would turn to the Lord. Even though Ezekiel wasn’t like the Israelites and even prophesied against them, He was going to sacrifice that and become as guilty as the Israelites and then the Israelites would listen.

Along with my last post this verse sound’s very familiar to what Jesus did for us. We were as guilty as the Israelites because we sinned just like the Israelites. We were going to die because of our sins like the Israelites. So like the Israelites, we were completely hopeless. But that is how Ezekiel is a picture of Jesus.

Ezekiel took sin on him and that saved the Israelites. Likewise Jesus took sin (our sin) on Him and that saved us. Jesus came down from heaven, was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. But more importantly, Jesus died for our sins. He took our sins on Him and died in our place on the cross. Because He was perfect He atoned for our sins perfectly, and we were saved by Jesus.

But why would Jesus, who is God (and the son of God) die for us sinners? He was (and is) perfect, so why didn’t He just stay in heaven? Well like in my last post I said that Jesus didn’t preserve His life to let us die, and instead He died to preserve our lives. The reason He did that is in 1 John 4:10,

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (NIV)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins! He took our sins on Him because He loved us. But if He just died then He would be like a normal man, perfect or not He would still be in the grave. But that is why Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, and that is why we should worship Jesus as our savior. Thank you Jesus.

Are you trusting in Jesus to atone perfectly for your sins?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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