Hi God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 45:17 which says,
“It will be the duty of the prince to provide the burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings at the festivals, the New Moons and the Sabbaths—at all the appointed festivals of Israel. He will provide the sin offerings,[a] grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the Israelites.”
In this verse we see that the prince is responsible for providing the sacrifices for all the festivals that would atone for the people’s sin. The prince would take a sheep from all flocks of 200 sheep that were well watered and then he would give those to the priest’s who would bring the sacrifice to atone for the people. It was the duty of the prince to provide for the people.
What a perfect picture of our prince. You see the Israelites needed to have sacrifices that would atone for their sins, and the prince provided all the sacrifices on that were for the festivals, and we were like the Israelites in that we needed a sacrifice that would perfectly atone for our sins. Our prince provided that for us, and our prince is Jesus the son of God (and God Himself). Jesus is our prince (and He is our king) and He provided a sacrifice that atoned for our sins perfectly.
What was that sacrifice? Our prince Jesus didn’t only provide the sacrifice, He was our sacrifice. He was the sacrifice that atoned for our sins, He died on a cross for our sins. Jesus who was (and is) God actually died for sinners. Jesus is like the Israelites’ prince because He atoned for our sins. But there are some differences and they are that the Israelites’ prince did it because of duty and Jesus (like John 3:16 says) did it out of love for us. Also the Israelites’ prince provided the sacrifices that were needed for all the festivals and Jesus atoned for our sins once and for us.
Jesus died for us on the cross, and He did it because He loved us. He took our sins on Him so and He gave us red robes of righteousness through His blood,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus gave us the righteousness of God in exchange for our sins, now we should give Him our worship and we should share the Gospel with others.
Are you trusting in our prince, Jesus Christ?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.