The great cedar

Hello, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 31:10-11 which says,

“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, 11 I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness.”

Okay, this verse is talking about Assyria and how Assyria was like a cedar tree that was growing and becoming taller than the other “tree’s” which just meant that Assyria was becoming wealthy and great among the nations. But then Assyria started to take pride in the fact that they were taller and stronger. Which meant that they were taking pride in how good they were even though the Lord was the one that made them strong, so the Lord was going to destroy Assyria and deal with them “according to their wickedness”.

The Assyrians were going to die because of their pride and sin, they were sinners. But so were we, and we were going to die because of our sins just like the Assyrians. We were going to be destroyed because of our sins, and there wasn’t anyway for us to become perfect or have a perfect sacrifice on this earth. So we were going to die.

That was why the sacrifice that would atone for our sins came down from heaven for us. God sent a sacrifice that would save us from our sins, and that sacrifice was Jesus the son of God (and God Himself) and He died for our sins on the cross. He died for our sins so that we could live, He took God’s wrath and our sins on Him and He took our place on the cross thank you Jesus.

Jesus made us like the righteous man in Psalm 1 (like a tree planted by streams of water). But why would Jesus who is God die for us wretched sinners, what would be the reason for Him to do that?

“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 a criminals death on the cross so that we could live. Instead of being like Assyria (like I said before) we are like the righteous man in Psalm one because we are clothed in Jesus’ righteousness. Jesus loved us enough to die for us, now we should worship and praise Him and we should tell others about Jesus.

Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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