Fruitful and full of branches

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 19:10 which says,

“Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard[a]
 planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.”

Alright, this passage is talking about the mother of the princes of Israel, and this verse is saying that she was like a vine in a vineyard that was planted by the water and that she was fruitful and full of branches because of that water. But this is a lamentation, in the verses  after 10 it explains that soon instead of being like a vine in a vineyard that was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water, Israel was like a dry plant that was in a desert with no water. The reason? Sin, the Israelites sinned and now Ezekiel is lamenting because of their sins, and if you remember the Lord can’t stand sin and because the Israelites sinned He was going to destroy them unless they repented.

The Israelites were going to die because of their sins, and we were going to die because of our sins too. The Israelites weren’t perfect and they couldn’t repent and change their ways to be perfect, their only hope would be a sacrifice, but as there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice anywhere they were going to die. With us we were terrible sinners, and we couldn’t change enough to be perfect, oh sure we might have thought that we were winning against the devil sometimes but really he was just loosening our chain a bit. We were going to die too, our only hope was a sacrifice, but because there wasn’t a sacrifice anywhere on earth that was perfect we didn’t have any hope.

But Jesus had mercy and compassion on us. What He did was completely amazing, so amazing that it is almost impossible to understand, but what He did changed the world. He died for us. He actually died in our place and interceded on our behalf by dying on the cross that we were supposed to die on. Why did He die for us and how was He perfect?

Well first of all He died for our sins on the cross because He loved us. He loved us enough to actually die for us, and He was perfect because He wasn’t a human being, although He was He also was God. He was fully human and He was fully God, but the reason that He was perfect was because He came down from heaven. He transformed our hearts, and He turned us from dry bushes to fruitful trees by His love.

Jesus gave up His home and His life for us. God gave up His son for us and Jesus, who was (and is) the king of kings, gave up His throne for us. I encourage you to listen to this son, it is full of the gospel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaVc-Qqw6oA

Jesus died for our sins on the cross because He loved us, and we should love Jesus because of what He did for us,

“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)

Thank you Jesus for dying for our sins. Jesus loved us enough to die for us, and we should love Him enough to worship Him and to share this good news with others. It truly is amazing that Jesus would die for our sins.

Are you trusting in Jesus and sharing the gospel with others?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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