Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 43:10-11 which says,
“Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider its perfection, 11 and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations[a] and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.”
The Lord is talking to Ezekiel and He is telling Ezekiel to describe the temple to the Israelites so that they would be ashamed of their sins and consider the perfection of the temple and to turn back to God. The Israelites had sinned against the Lord, that was why the Lord wanted the Israelites to be ashamed and turn back to Him and to follow the regulations of the temple. The only problem was that no man (including the Israelites) could perfectly follow the commands of the old covenant law, that was why the Israelites offered animals as sacrifices, so that their sins could be atoned for and so that they wouldn’t die because of their sins.
The Israelites needed sacrifices to atone for their sins, and we needed to have a sacrifice to atone for our sins too. But we needed a perfect sacrifice, one that would atone for our sins once and for all, one that wouldn’t have to die for our sins over and over and over again. But there wasn’t a sacrifice like that on the earth, and we couldn’t just become perfect, so we were going to die because of our sins. The Israelites offered sacrifices every single day, but we needed a sacrifice that would atone for our sins perfectly.
But the Lord provided that sacrifice for us, God sent a sacrifice that was perfect that atoned for our sins perfectly. He did that for us, He sent a sacrifice down from heaven that would live a perfect life and then die on a criminals cross. That sacrifice was Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) and who was (and is) perfect. Jesus died for our sins on a cross, Jesus was not only sent to atone for our sins, but He actually came down for us. The reason? The reason is in 1 John 4:10 which says,
“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 came down from His heavenly home to atone for sinners on a terrible cross with our sins and God’s wrath on Him in our place. He atone for our sins because He loved us. Thank you Jesus for atoning for our sins on a cross. Now we should praise and worship Jesus, and we should share the Gospel with others.
Are you trusting in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.