Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 16:42 which says,
“Then my wrath against you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be calm and no longer angry.”
Ezekiel 16 has been talking about how Jerusalem is like an adulterous woman, and in the verses before 42 it talks about how the Lord was going to punish Jerusalem for everything that she did. In this verse it says that the Lord’s anger was subsided after He punished Israel. But the reason that this all happened was because Israel sinned, and unless you can find a perfect sacrifice, wrath is the consequence for sin.
We were sinners too. We weren’t perfect just like the Israelites weren’t perfect, and that meant we were going to die. We couldn’t escape God’s wrath because we clearly weren’t perfect and we didn’t have a perfect sacrifice. Like Israel we were going to have all of God’s wrath on us because of our sins. But that is when the Lord had comprehensible love and compassion on us; He provided that sacrifice.
Rightfully we should have died because of our sins. But like what I said in my last post, the Lord had mercy on us and sent that sacrifice. That sacrifice was Jesus, God’s son (and God Himself). As amazing and unbelievable as it is, Jesus did actually come down from heaven for our sake and die for our sins. Even though He was (and is) God and even though He was and is perfect He died for our sins. Of course we didn’t deserve for Him to die in our place, we deserved to die on that cross, but He did it for us. But why would God die for our sins on a cross, a cross was used for the most terrible criminals so why would He die for us sinners?
“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 1 John 4:10)
Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. Even though we spit on Him and mocked Him, He still died for our sins. It is amazing love that Jesus would still die for us, He even asked His father (God, even though Jesus is God because Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are 3 in 1) to forgive the ones who crucified Him on the cross. Thank you Jesus.
That should make us want to worship Jesus. We should love Him because He loved us, and we should praise Him for everything He has done for us.
Do you believe in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.