Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 16:63 which says,
“Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.’”
The Lord made and atonement sacrifice for Israel. Even after what Israel had done He still atoned for them. Although the Lord does say that Israel will be ashamed at all of her sins. But the Lord still atoned for Israel, and that is completely amazing and loving. But of course Israel have shame and humiliation, but at least the Lord atoned for them.
The Lord atoned for them and He atoned for us. He made an atonement sacrifice for them but He was our atoning sacrifice. You see God sent His son, Jesus, to come down from heaven be born of a virgin and live a perfect life. But most importantly Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He was buried with our sins but on the third day He rose from the grave. So instead of Jesus sending an atoning sacrifice He was our atoning sacrifice.
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (NIV 1 John 2:2)
Jesus actually died for our sins on the cross, but why would Jesus die for our sins? He was (and is) perfect, so why would He die for sinners like us? Well the answer 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.”
Jesus loved us so much that He actually came down from heaven to atone for all of our sins. We were going to die, just like the Israelites, and the reason was because we were sinners in need of a savior. But because there wasn’t anyone on this earth that was perfect, we didn’t have a savior, and of course no animals was perfect. But that is the reason that Jesus died for our sins on the cross, and now we should worship Jesus as our savior. Thank you Jesus.
That doesn’t mean that we can keep on sinning though, just because Jesus died for our sins. If you look at Romans 5:20-21 and Romans 6:1-3 it says that we are dead to our sins and we are alive in Christ. We should trust in Jesus.
Is Jesus your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.