Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 33:5 which says,
“Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves.”
Okay, in this part of the chapter the Lord is telling Ezekiel about the rules of a watchman, the watchman would watch to see if any danger was coming, if he saw any danger he would blow the horn and that would signal for everyone to save themselves and heed the warning. But if a person did not heed the watchman’s warning then they would die, also if the watchman didn’t blow the horn when danger was coming the people would die and their blood would be on his head.
The Lord was saying it was the same spiritually, the Lord made Ezekiel the watchman and what Ezekiel would do was listen to the word of the Lord and if the Lord told Ezekiel that someone was wicked and that they would die Ezekiel would tell that person. The Lord would also tell Ezekiel if a man was righteous and would live and then Ezekiel would tell that person. But if a wicked man did not heed the warning then he would die because of his sins, or if a righteous man turned away from righteousness then his righteous acts would not be remembered, likewise if a wicked person turned away from his sins then he would live.
We were the wicked people, the Lord told us that we were wicked and we didn’t listen to His word. But even if we did listen we wouldn’t be able to change on our own, we were sinners and we weren’t able to change all by ourselves, no matter how much “will power” we might think we have we couldn’t stop sinning.
But the Lord sent a sacrifice that died for our sins on the cross, that sacrifice atoned for our sins so that we could live and that sacrifice was Jesus. Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) and He died for our sins so that we could be righteous in God’s sight. Jesus took our sins on Him and He gave us His righteousness.
But why would God die for our sins on the cross? Why would He atone for our sins? The answer is in John 13:34 which says,
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (NIV)
Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross, He loved us so much that He died a criminals death so that we might have love from the father instead of wrath. Jesus loved us, and now we should love others and we should praise Jesus for taking our sins on Him and not only blowing the trumpet, but picking us up and saving our lives.
Our reaction should not only be praise and love but we should want to share the Gospel with those around us, thank you Jesus.
Have you heard the warning and trusted in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.