Stronghold

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 24:21 which says,

“Say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary—the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection. The sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.”

Okay, the Lord is talking in this verse and He is saying that the sanctuary that He had set up, that the stronghold of the people is about to be desecrated. The temple was a stronghold to the people and they took pride in it, but the reason that the Lord was destroying it was that they were sinning. Instead of worshiping at the temple they were just prideful about it, so the Lord was going to take it away from them so that they would turn back to Him and worship Him like they were supposed to. But the Lord was not only going to destroy the sanctuary, He was going to destroy all of Israel. The punishment that they deserved was death.

The Israelites were going to die because of the sins that they had committed. Same with us, we were sinners and we deserved death. We were going to die unless we could suddenly become perfect (which we couldn’t) or if we had a perfect sacrifice that would die in our place. There’s just one little problem with having a perfect sacrifice to die in our place, there weren’t any perfect sacrifices on earth. We were going to die.

We didn’t have a perfect sacrifice, but that is why Jesus provided that sacrifice for us. In fact He was that sacrifice! Jesus came down from heaven was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. Then after He had an unjust trial He was beaten so much that He wasn’t recognizable, then after all of that He died on a cross with our sins on Him. The weight of sin on Him was amazing, all the sin of the whole world was on Him and God’s wrath was on Him to. But who exactly is Jesus? How was He perfect? Jesus was (and is) perfect because He was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself). But why would Jesus, the son of God Himself, die for our sins?

“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 died for our sins on the cross! He actually died for us sinners because He loved (and loves) us. Now we should worship Jesus for all that He has done for us. He was mocked, spit on, rejected and just about every other horrible thing that you can think of, and He did it all for us. The only thing that is in reply to that should be: thank you so much Jesus!

We should worship Jesus and we should share the gospel with others.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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