Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 20:40 which says,
“40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts,[a] along with all your holy sacrifices.”
Again this is about sin. The Israelites were sinners and they were going to die because of their sin. They had told the Lord that they wanted to go and serve the gods that the nations around them served and they wanted to sin. So the Lord told them to just go and do whatever they wanted so that He could teach them a lesson, the Lord said that they would come back to Him and start offering sacrifices to Him instead and that by His mercy He would accept them. They were going to die accept that by His mercy the Lord let them live.
Same with us. The Israelites were sinners that were going to die from their sins and the Lord had mercy on them and accepted their offerings and He spared them from death. For us we were sinners that were going to die with all of our sins on us and the wrath of God on us. But the Lord had mercy on us, and instead of having to offer sacrifices we can trust in the perfect sacrifice that God sent for us.
There wasn’t a perfect sacrifice on earth, no human can or could be perfect, but that is why God sent a sacrifice for us. What is that sacrifice? Or more appropriately, who was that sacrifice? Jesus, Jesus was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) and God sent Him as a sacrifice for us. He came down from heaven and atoned for our sins on the cross, Jesus who is God actually died for our sins.
That is truly amazing, but why would He die for our sins? The answer to that question 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 died for our sins because He loved us. Even though you and me were the chief of sinners, He still died for us and He still took our sins on Him at the cross. It doesn’t matter how terrible a sinner you were, Jesus still died for you, He couldn’t have died to save the righteous because (if there was any righteous people aside from Jesus which there aren’t) they wouldn’t need a savior.
But Romans does say that we can’t keep on sinning because we are dead to our sins and we are alive in Christ and it is all because of what Jesus did for us at the cross.
We should worship Jesus because of what He did for us. We should worship Him and we should share the Gospel with as many people possible. Thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.