From rejoicing to desolation

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 35:13-15 which say,

“You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it. 14 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate. 15 Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. You will be desolate, Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’”

This chapter is talking about Edom and more precisely Mount Sier and in these verses the Lord is telling Edom that because they boasted about themselves and spoke against the Lord they were going to become desolate. The Lord also gives another reason for that, the Lord tells them that because Edom rejoiced when Israel was desolate, Edom would be desolate while the whole world rejoiced. In other words they were going to be destroyed because of their sins.

Edom was prideful and thought that they could take over Israel and boast against the Lord but when they boasted against the Lord the Lord destroyed them and made them desolate. Likewise we were sinners that couldn’t become perfect and likewise we were going to be destroyed and made desolate because of our sins. But why weren’t we made desolate and why weren’t we destroyed?

Because God sent a sacrifice that became desolate for us and that was destroyed for us. God sent a sacrifice that died in our place so that we wouldn’t have to die, Jesus died for us. Jesus who was (and is) perfect and who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) actually died for our sins on a cross. He died a criminals death on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to, He took our place on the cross.

But why? Why would Jesus actually come down from heaven live a perfect life be beaten beyond recognition and then die on a cross for sinners? The answer is in 1 John 3:16,

“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)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross. He loved us enough to (temporarily) give up His home in heaven to die for us sinners so that we might live. Now we should love and praise Him for what He has done for us. Jesus became sin for us so that we could become righteous,

“God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Jesus gave us His righteousness and took our sins on Him, thank you so much Jesus.

Jesus loved us so much that He clothed us in robes of righteousness and took our sins, and now we should worship Him and share the Gospel with others.

Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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