Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 44:27 which says,
“On the day he goes into the inner court of the sanctuary to minister in the sanctuary, he is to offer a sin offering[a] for himself, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
What I think is very interesting about this verse is that the priest had to offer a sin sacrifice for himself, the context shows us that the reason he had to offer a sacrifice for himself was if he defiled himself by going near the dead body of his mother or father, brother or unmarried sister. The Lord did allow the priest to do that, but the priest was only allowed to go near those people if they died and they needed to cleanse themselves then wait seven days and when they did come back to offer sacrifices they had to offer a sin sacrifice for himself. The priest who was atoning for the sins of the people had to atone for his sins by offering a sin sacrifice.
The priest had to offer a sacrifice to atone for his sins before he could atone for the sins of the people. But our high priest didn’t have to do that, because He was perfect, we have a high priest who atoned for our sins with a sacrifice that was perfect and He didn’t have to offer a sin sacrifice for Himself. Our high priest is Jesus, the son of God, and in fact Jesus was not only our high priest but He was our sacrifice. The priests that lived in the Old Testament times weren’t perfect so they had to offer sacrifices for their sins, and the sacrifices that atoned for their sins and the sins of the people weren’t perfect, but Jesus didn’t ever had to atone for Him self with a sacrifice and He was our sacrifice so He atoned for our sins perfectly.
Jesus atoned for our sins perfectly, because He was (and is) perfect. He took our sins on Him and all of God’s wrath that was going to be on us and He took our place at the cross so that He could atone for our sins, but why would He die for our sins on the cross, why would he do that for us?
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (NIV 1 John 3:16)
Because of Jesus we now know what love is, Jesus didn’t only love us He was (and is) love and He loved us so much that He died on a cross to atone for our sins. Thank you so much Jesus, thank you for dying for us and atoning for our sins. We should love Jesus for all He has done for us and we should worship Him and share the Gospel with others.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.