Hello, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 25:17 which says,
“I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.’”
Here the Lord is saying that He will carry out great vengeance on Philistia because they wanted to destroy God’s people and take them captive. The Lord was going to punish them and take vengeance on them because of it, that shows that God cares for His people. Anyway the Lord was going to destroy Philistia because of their sins, because the Lord couldn’t (and can’t) stand sin so He had to destroy it.
Just like the people of Philistia we were going to die because of our sins. We were terrible sinners that needed to be saved from our sins, but the only way for us to have that happen would be if we could all of a sudden become perfect or somehow find a perfect sacrifice. But of course there wasn’t even 1 perfect sacrifice in this world so we were going to die because of our sins. We were going to have all of God’s wrath poured out on us, but that is why Jesus provided that sacrifice for us!
Jesus not only provided that sacrifice for us, He was that sacrifice. But who is Jesus? Jesus was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself), and He died in our place with our sins on Him and with the wrath of God on Him. Jesus came down from heaven was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. Then after He was beaten beyond recognition as a man, He died a criminals death on the cross and it was all for us.
Why? Why would God die for us sinners on the cross? What would cause Him to do that? Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross, that was the reason that Jesus died for us,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)
Jesus loved us enough to die for our sins, He loved us enough to bear all of God’s wrath on Himself and He loved us enough to die a criminals death on the cross for us. All we can say is “thank you Jesus” and our response should be to worship Jesus for everything that He’s done for us. We should praise Him for dying on the cross for us and we should share the Gospel with others.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.