Death of the firstborn

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 20:26 which says,

“I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.”

This passage is talking about how the Israelites disobeyed the Lord, and that is why the Lord was going to punish the Israelites for it. The way that the Israelites had disobeyed the Lord is that they offered sacrifices to other gods and they worshiped the gods of Egypt, and this verse was the consequences of their sins, every firstborn of the Israelites would be a sacrifice and the reason was so that the Israelites would know that the Lord was the real true God.

The firstborn child of every family had to die so that everyone else would live because if not everyone was going to die. We were also going to die. We didn’t have a perfect sacrifice that could die in our place, and we needed one because we weren’t perfect. We were going to die and we couldn’t do a thing about it. No firstborn in any human on earth would ever be perfect. But that is why God provided the firstborn that was perfect and that died for us. God had mercy on us.

What did God do? Well He sent His firstborn son as a sacrifice for our sins. Nothing big really. Wait a minute, that is something big. The God of all creation and the creator of all creation actually sent His firstborn as a sacrifice for us? Yes, Jesus came down from heaven was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life on this earth. But He died for our sins. Incredible, He actually died for our sins! But He would be just like a regular man if He was born lived and then died, so what is different about Jesus.

Everything! You see not only was He born of a virgin, but He lived a perfect life and it doesn’t end there, Jesus didn’t only die He was buried and on the third day He rose from the grave! From birth He fulfilled tons of prophesies, and in His life He fulfilled still more. On His death and Resurrection He also fulfilled prophesies. But now begs the question, why? Why would the son of God (and God Himself) die for our sins, on a cross?

“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, as the firstborn son of God, died in our place on the cross. That doesn’t mean that we can keep on sinning because Jesus will just forgive us of His sin, Romans 5:20-21 and Romans 6:1-3 say that we are dead to our sins and alive in Christ. Plus if we are true Christians we follow Christ’s example instead of the law, and we want to.

Jesus died for our sins on the cross because He loved us and what should that make us want to do? Two things:

1. Worship Jesus because of all that He has done for us
2. Share the good news of the Gospel with others

We should worship Jesus for everything He did but we should also want to share the Gospel with as many people that we can. Thank you Jesus.

Is Jesus your savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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