Gate to the nations

Hi God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 26:2-3 which say,

““Son of man, because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper,’ 3 therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.”

Okay, in this verse the Lord is talking to Ezekiel and He (the Lord) is prophesying against Tyre. The king of Tyre thought that because Israel, who had been the most powerful nation (because the Lord had been on their side), was destroyed he could take “the gate to the nations” and then he could become the most powerful king in all the nations. But the only reason that Israel had been powerful was because God was on their side and He fought for them, but the nation of Israel sinned and that led to their destruction. All the same the Lord was not on the side of Tyre so He was going to destroy Tyre for their sin.

Tyre was going to be destroyed because of sin, Israel was destroyed because of sin, and we were going to die because of our sin. We were sinners and because God can’t stand sin and hates it, we were going to die because we were sinners. We were going to die with God’s wrath on us and we were going to die with all of our sins on us. Unless we could change and become perfect or unless a perfect sacrifice died in our place then we could go free. But there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice in the whole entire world, so we were going to die because of our sins.

But the Lord in His great mercy had compassion on us and He sent that sacrifice for us. We were going to die because of our sins, and we were going to experience God’s wrath on us, but Jesus provided our sacrifice. So what was that sacrifice? That sacrifice was Jesus! Jesus Himself died for our sins on the cross. Jesus was (and is) the son of God and He was (and is) perfect and He died for our sins on the cross. He took our sins on Himself and He took God’s wrath with our sins, then He died in our place on the cross, thank you Jesus.

But why would Jesus die for our sins on a cross? Well the answer 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 1 John 4:10)

Jesus loved us so much that He died on the cross for our sins. It wasn’t because we did anything or that we loved Him first, it was because He loved (and loves) us. Now we should worship Jesus for everything He has done, for drinking the cup of wrath to the last drop so that we wouldn’t have to, thank you Jesus.

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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