Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 37:20-21 which says,
“Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.”
In this chapter the Lord told Ezekiel to take two sticks and then write on both of them. Ezekiel was to write “belonging to Judah and all the Israelites with Him” on one stick and on the other he was supposed to write “belonging to Joseph and all the Israelites with Him” and then he was supposed to join the sticks together so that he could hold it in his hand. Then he would tell the people that what he had done meant that Israel was going to join Judah and they would be a nation under one God. The Lord was going to bring the Israelites out of captivity.
The Lord saved the Israelites by bringing them out of the captivity of the nation that had captured them. We were like Israel because we were trapped in sin, we were captured by it. But the Lord saved us by taking us out of captivity and now we are under one God, Jesus. But how did the Lord rescue us from our sins?
“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)
The Lord sent a sacrifice to atone for our sins on the cross. Jesus (who was (and is) the son of God and God Himself) died for our sins on the cross, and the verse above also says that the reason Jesus died for our sins was because He loved us. Jesus was not only sent to die for our sins, but He did it willingly because He loved us.
Now we should praise the one true God and share the Gospel with others. The Israelites had been captured by Babylon and the Lord set them free, we were captured by sin since we were born and the Lord sent a sacrifice (Jesus) to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus set us free by dying on the cross because He loved (and loves) us.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.