Cleansed

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 24:13 which says,

 “‘Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.”

Okay, the Israelites wouldn’t be cleansed from their impurity until the Lord’s wrath against them had subsided. Clearly the Israelites were sinning and that was the reason that the Lord had wrath against them, and they needed to be cleansed from the impure acts that they were doing but they couldn’t until the Lord’s wrath against them had subsided. The Israelites are in quite the predicament because the Babylonians were coming to take them over and they were going to die because of their sin but in order for them to be cleaned they would have to have the Lord’s wrath against them subside, but in order for that to happen they had to be clean or have a clean sacrifice die in their place. They were going to die.

So were we. The Israelites needed to be cleansed by either becoming perfect (which they couldn’t do) or having a perfect sacrifice die in their place (something that was impossible because there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice on earth) so they were going to die. It is the same with us, unless someone took the wrath of God away from us and gave us cleansing we were going to die. But the Lord in His great and everlasting mercy helped us.

There wasn’t a perfect sacrifice that could give us perfection and take the wrath of God on us away, or at least there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice on earth. But in heaven God sent that sacrifice down to us. That sacrifice was Jesus. Jesus the creator of the whole universe, the maker of all things, the Lord of everything actually died in our place on the cross. He came down from heaven and bore comprehensible torment and suffering for us. He was beaten beyond recognition for us, He died on the cross with our sins and the wrath of God on Him for us. He was (and is) our savior, He was the one who took away the wrath of God and gave us perfection, thank you so much Jesus.

One last question though, why? Why would the creator of all things and the Lord of the universe die in our place on the cross? No king or lord or this earth would do that for us, what makes the King of Kings and the Lord or Lords different from them? The reason was because He loved us, He loved (and loves) each and every one of us so much that He humbled Himself and became a man (a God-man) and then He humbled Himself to death on a cross. The cross was reserved for the worst of criminals, but even though Jesus didn’t do any sin in His life He had our sins on Him and He died on the cross with our sins on Him and after He was buried, on the third day He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven. But He atoned for our sins. How many times can we say “thank you Jesus”?

Now we should worship the one who died for our sins, the one who shed His blood in our place. We should praise Him for what He has done and we should also share the good news of the Gospel with others, we should want to give the news that saves lives to others.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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