Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 42:13 which says,
“Then he said to me, “The north and south rooms facing the temple courtyard are the priests’ rooms, where the priests who approach the LORD will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most holy offerings—the grain offerings, the sin offerings[a] and the guilt offerings—for the place is holy.”
Like I said in my last post Ezekiel had seen a man who looked bronze and he had a measuring stick in his hand and we went through what the verses said. In this verse the man is showing Ezekiel the priests’ rooms where the priest would approach the Lord and eat the most holy offering. After the priest did that they would put the sacrifices (the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings) there because the place was holy. The reason that they did this was so that the people would be atoned for by the offerings, and so that they wouldn’t die.
The Israelites were sinners and because of that they needed to offer sacrifices to atone for their sins. We were sinners and we needed to either become perfect or have a perfect sacrifice atone for our sins, but because we couldn’t become perfect and we couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice we were going to die because of our sins. There wasn’t any hope for us.
But God sent a sacrifice down from heaven to die for us. It wasn’t sacrifices that would keep dying for us, this was a sacrifice that was perfect and that died for our sins once and for all on the cross. That sacrifice was the son of God (and God Himself), Jesus. Jesus came down from heaven to die for sinners on a cross, Jesus died on a criminals cross. Jesus the son of God did that for us. But why, why would He die for our sins on a cross?
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (NIV John 15:13)
Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross. He had the greatest love of all man, He loved us so much that He gave up His life for us. Jesus didn’t only give up His life for His friends, He gave up His life for His enemies. We were His enemies, but because He loved us we now love Him.
“We love because he first loved us.” (NIV 1 John 4:19)
Jesus loved (and loves) us, and now we love Him. Jesus gave up His life for us, now we should worship Him for everything He has done for us and we should share the Gospel with others. Thank you Jesus for giving up you life for us.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.