Hello, God has given me something in 2 Kings 23:34 which says,
“Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim son of Josiah king in place of his father Josiah and changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. But he took Jehoahaz and carried him off to Egypt, and there he died.”
Carried off: Jehoahaz was carried off to Egypt. He is a picture of Jesus. Basically Pharaoh made Eliakim king, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. This is a good picture of the gospel.
Gospel: Jehoahaz is Jesus, we were going to be carried away in our sin. We were going to die, there seemed to be no hope for us, then Jesus came. He took on all our sin, all the sin of the world, and He died for us. He was taken away to the cross, willingly, and was crucified. Jesus could have made them all bow down right then and there. He could force them not to put Him on the cross, but He loved (loves) us so much, that He gave His own life for us. John 3:16-17 says,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Jesus: Yeah, yeah, yeah. We all know those verses, but what do they really mean? Do they mean that we should work hard for our salvation? Or that we need to save ourselves? No, what these verses mean are not about us. They are talking about Jesus, and how He gave His life for us. ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” This is about Jesus. He died for us, and He rose again on the third day.
Closing prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for dying on the cross for me. Thank You for loving me so much that You gave Your only life for me. I pray that I would love You more, and be closer to You. Thank You for sending Your spirit to us, Lord, and for giving Your life for me. I pray that I would be kinder to those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland