Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 43:22-23 which says,
“On the second day you are to offer a male goat without defect for a sin offering, and the altar is to be purified as it was purified with the bull. 23 When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect.”
This verse includes part of the regulations that the Israelites (namely the priests) had to follow, they had to cleanse the altar with the blood of a bull with no defect every day for 7 days. Then the altar would be clean and they would be able to offer sacrifices on it for the sins of the people. The priests had to offer a young bull with no defect on it for 7 days (each day would have a different bull) and then they would have to offer sacrifices for the people every day so that the people wouldn’t die because of their sins. Not to mention the priests themselves needed sacrifices so that they wouldn’t die when they went to offer sacrifices.
The priests had to cleanse the altar before they could offer sacrifices to atone for the Israelites sins, and we needed a sacrifice too, but there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice in the whole world. We needed a perfect sacrifice so that our sins could be atoned for once and for all, so that 1 sacrifice would only die for our sins once, but there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice anywhere in the world. We couldn’t become perfect and we didn’t have a perfect sacrifice, so we were going to die because of our sins.
But the Lord sent a sacrifice that would atone for our sins perfectly, and that sacrifice cleansed us and purified us, that sacrifice was perfectly cleansing. That sacrifice was Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) and who was (and is) perfect and He atoned for our sins on the cross. He actually died for our sins on a cross so that we could live, He died on the cross and perfectly cleansed us.
Now we ask the question why, why would Jesus die for our sins on a cross, why would He do that? Jesus was our atoning sacrifice, and the reason that He died for us is in 1 John,
“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)
Jesus loved us so much that He cleansed us of our sins. He loved us first and now we love Him,
“We love because he first loved us.” (NIV 1 John 4:19)
Jesus loved us and no we love Him, we love Him enough to worship Him as our God and savior because He is our God and savior. We should also share the good news of the Gospel with others. Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins, thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.