The sheep and the shepherd

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 34:30-31 which say,

“I will provide for them a land renowned for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine in the land or bear the scorn of the nations. 30 Then they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them and that they, the Israelites, are my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.

In this chapter the Lord is telling the people of Israel that He will be their shepherd and that David would be the prince over the people. The reason that the Lord is telling them this is because the people who were supposed to be the current “shepherds” were only doing things that would benefit themselves. The Lord describes it by saying that they slaughtered the best of the flock and that they would drink clear water and muddy it up for the rest. In these verses the Lord is telling the Israelites that they wouldn’t be the laughingstock of the nations anymore and that they would have a good and prosperous land, and that they would know that the Lord is the one true God.

The Lord came to the rescue of the people of Israel, they had been in captivity but the Lord set them free. The Lord gave them a good land and a gathered them back up from being scattered. The Lord did that for the Israelites and He did that for us. We were captives in sin and we couldn’t get out of it, we couldn’t rely on our own perfection to save us because we weren’t perfect. But that was why the Lord set us free.

How did the Lord set us free from our chains of sin? He sent a sacrifice to die in our place, He sent a sacrifice that would come down from heaven to atone perfectly for our sins. That sacrifice was Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) and He died for our sins on the cross. Jesus actually died for our sins on a criminals cross.

Why, why would Jesus die for us on a cross? Why would Jesus die for sinners?

“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 rescued us from our sins, He is our shepherd and He saved us from the trap of sin. Jesus came down from heaven lived a perfect life was beaten beyond recognition and then died for our sins on the cross so that we could go free.

Now we should worship our shepherd Jesus and we should share the Gospel with others. Christ is our example now and we want to follow Him.

Jesus saved us from the trap of sin by humbling Himself not only to become a man (or God-man) but to die on a cross which was always reserved for the worst of criminals. Even though Jesus (Himself) didn’t sin He had our sins on Him and that was why God poured out His wrath on Jesus for us.

Are you trusting in Jesus as your shepherd?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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