Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 40:45-46 which says,
“He said to me, “The room facing south is for the priests who guard the temple, 46 and the room facing north is for the priests who guard the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who are the only Levites who may draw near to the LORD to minister before him.”
In this chapter Ezekiel says that in a dream a man who looked like he was made of bronze came to him with a measuring rod in his hand and lead him through the temple and in these verses the man told Ezekiel that the room facing south is for the priests who guard the temple and the room facing north is for the priests who guard the altar, and the priest (who were the sons of Zadok) were the only ones who could draw near the Lord. The reason was because if anyone who wasn’t a priest and who didn’t clean themselves would die if they went into the Lord’s presence.
The Israelites were forbidden to go into the Lord’s presence because of their sins, and we were also sinners. We were going to die because of our sins unless we had a great high priest who was perfect, we were going to die and because there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice in the whole world, also we ourselves couldn’t become perfect. We were going to die because of our sins.
But the Lord was merciful on us and He sent a high priest who atoned for our sins. Who was this high priest and how did He atone for our sins? He atoned for our sins by dying on the cross, He died on a criminals cross for us and He is Jesus Christ who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself). Jesus came down from heaven to atone for sinners on a cross.
Jesus died for us on a cross, but why would He die for us sinners? 1 John 4:10 shows us the reason that Jesus would do that for us,
“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)
Jesus loved us so much that He died for us on the cross. Jesus was love, and He loved us enough to die for us, now we should love Him and worship Him and we should share the Gospel with those around us. Jesus atoned for our sins on the cross, He made a way for us to be able to go into God’s presence, Jesus was our high priest that atoned for our sins. Thank you Jesus
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.