Painful briers

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 28:24 which says,

““‘No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.”

In this verse the Lord is saying that His people Israel wouldn’t have malicious neighbors that were painful briers and sharp thorns. The Lord is having mercy on His people by destroying their malicious neighbors and destroying the painful briers that were hurting them. The Lord also said in this verse that once He destroyed the sharp thorns the Israelites would realize that He was the Sovereign Lord.

The Lord had mercy on His people Israel and He had mercy on us. We were going to die because of our sins, the Lord couldn’t stand sin (and still can’t) and we were going to die because we were sinners. We were going to have God’s wrath on us and all of our sins on us. But the Lord had mercy on us and He sent a sacrifice that would atone for our sins perfectly. He actually sent a sacrifice down from heaven that would become our mediator.

That sacrifice was Jesus. That’s right Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) actually died for our sins on a cross. He actually died for our sins on the cross. Jesus came down from heaven was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. Then after being beaten to a pulp He was made to carry the very cross that He was going to die on up a hill and then was nailed to it, and He did it all for us but why would He die on a cross for our sins? Why would the son of God come down from heaven and die for us?

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (NIV 1 John 3:16)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross. He laid down His life for us so that we could live. Also John says that because Jesus laid down His life for us we should lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. John doesn’t mean that we should die to try and save our brothers and sisters, Jesus already did that, John is saying that we should die to ourselves. Also we should share the Gospel with everyone that we can and we should praise Jesus for everything He has done for us! It is amazing how Jesus died for our sins to save us from the painful briers of sin and God’s wrath, thank you Jesus.

Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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