Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 6:22-23 which says,
“When a man wrongs his neighbor and is required to take an oath and he comes and swears the oath before your altar in this temple, then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, repaying the guilty by bringing down on his own head what he has done. Declare the innocent not guilty and so establish his innocence.”
Israelites: The Israelites were being told what to do. They were not supposed to judge the innocent as guilty, but instead judge the guilty as guilty. The guilty had to pay for what they had done, the innocent did not have to, because they hadn’t done anything that couldn’t be paid for by a sacrifice.
Us: We are very guilty, we deserve to die and go to hell. So why haven’t we? If we are so bad and all that, then why haven’t we gotten what we deserve? We are guilty, angry, horrible, mean, spiteful, shameful, hope-needing, God-hating, Jesus-despising, Holy-Spiritless, mobbing, sinful, wretches, so why haven’t we died?
Jesus: Jesus is the answer! How? He gave His life for us on the cross. He came down to earth to be born of a virgin, live a perfect life, be beaten beyond recognition, and die on the cross for us. Jesus gave His own life for us on the cross. Jesus, the perfect, holy, sinless, wonderful, loving, kind, gentle, shameless, hope-giving, one-with-God, one-with-the-Holy-Spirit, delightful, Son of God, and yet He gave His own life for a bunch of wretches. Thank You Jesus!
Application: How does the 2 Chronicles verse apply to us and to the gospel? Jesus was innocent, He had done no wrong, and we were very guilty. But Jesus came down and became sin for us, He became guilty for us in the eyes of God, and made us clean and innocent. Jesus took on all our guilt and died for us on the cross, making us innocent.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for giving Your only son to die on the cross for us. Thank You, Jesus, for becoming guilty in our place, and making us innocent. I pray that I would follow Your example, and be willing to suffer. Thank You for loving me so much. I pray that I would love You more, and draw close to You. Thank You for making me a child of God, and even letting me know about how You died for me. I pray that You would send a revival everywhere. Thank You for being so kind to me, letting me be close to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland