Hi, God’s word for me today is in Hosea 4:18-19 which says,
“Even when their drinks are gone,
they continue their prostitution;
their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
19 A whirlwind will sweep them away, “
and their sacrifices will bring them shame.”
This chapter is called “a charge against Israel” and these verses are apart of the charge. Israel had totally gone away from God and they loved shameful ways. This verse says that a whirlwind was going to sweep them away because of their sins. But if you remember my last post I said that the Lord loved them and that Israel would turn back to God, but in these verses they haven’t turned back to God yet. When you sin you can be sure that your sin will find you out and you can be sure that shame and guilt will come after you.
We too were sinners and we had turned away from God just like Israel. But the Lord had mercy and compassion on us, He sent a perfect sacrifice to bear our sin and shame, in fact that sacrifice was His own son, Jesus. Jesus loved us enough to come down from heaven and die for our sins. Jesus actually came down from heaven and was beaten beyond recognition as a man and then died on the cross, on a criminals cross, for our sins. Thank You Jesus.
How much better is it to be a follower of Christ and to be covered in His blood (spiritually) than it is to face God and say “I did this good deed and that good deed so therefore I must be clean and free from sin”. We will die because of our sins if we do not accept Jesus as our savior, Jesus cleans us and gives us His red robes or righteousness and if we don’t take them we will die. At the cross Jesus took our sin and shame off of us and gave us His righteousness, thank You Jesus.
“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 exchanged our sins for His righteousness, thank you Jesus.
But we shouldn’t be like the Israelites who were sinning and being covered in shame, we should live like Christ. I’m not saying that we don’t have flesh and we don’t sin, we do have flesh but Christ is living in us and He is helping us to be more like Him. We are learning to be more like Him the more mature we grow in Christ, but we won’t stop learning until we physically die. But the point is that we shouldn’t take Jesus’ sacrifice for us and use it as a license to sin.
Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on the cross and atoning for our sins perfectly. Thank You Jesus for giving us your perfection and your righteousness in exchange for our sin and shame and spiritual death. Thank You for humbling Yourself so much that you came down from heaven to die for sinners like us. Thank You Jesus.
Do you trust in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.