Hello, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 32:24 which says,
“Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.
Okay, this chapter is talking about how all of the nations were going to be slain and “go down to the pit” which basically meant that they were going to be destroyed, and as always the reason was because of sin. The Lord can’t stand sin and that was why the nations were going to fall down to the pit.
The nations were going to fall down to the pit and so were we. In fact we were in a pit of sin and we were stuck in it, but we were going to die which would be like making the pit of sin unending and forever. Unless we could create the grapple of perfection (become perfect) or have someone who was perfect throw us a rope (have a perfect person die for us) we were going to die. Both of those were impossible because we couldn’t become perfect and there wasn’t a completely human person on this earth.
But a sacrifice that was perfect came down from heaven and lived a perfect life just to die for our sins on a cross. That sacrifice was Jesus who is the son of God (and God Himself), and who was (and is) perfect. Jesus came down from heaven to live a perfect life (after being born of a virgin) and then be beaten beyond recognition and after that be hung on a criminals cross. Jesus died so that we could live.
But why did Jesus die for us. Why would God humble Himself so much that He would not only become fully man (but fully God at the same time) and die for our sins on a cross? Why would Jesus descend into the pit of sin (by having our sins be put on Him) and endure great pain and suffering (by not only being hung on a cross and beaten but by having God’s wrath on Him) for sinners like 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 so much that He came to our rescue by dying on the cross for us. He went into the pit of death and wrath and sin and picked us up in His arms like a shepherd holding a sheep, and now we are His sheep and we are God’s children. Jesus loved us so much that He humbled Himself “even to death on a cross”.
Now we should praise Jesus and worship Him as our Lord and savior. We should praise Him and share the good news of the Gospel with others, thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.