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Take me away

Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 35:23 which says,

“Archers shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.”

Killed: Josiah was a good king. But, when the king of Egypt came to fight some other people, Josiah went up to fight him. The king of Egypt sent messengers saying that he was not fighting Josiah, and that God was on his side, and if Josiah tried to fight him, he would be destroyed. But Josiah didn’t listen, he disguised himself, and went into battle, where some archers shot Josiah. Josiah had his officers take him away, for he was hurt. Josiah died in Jerusalem.

Us: To us, it doesn’t matter where or when we die. We are like living dead people in our sin. We don’t have life, we are dead in our sin (Ephesians 2:1-2). We are trapped in our sin, not knowing what to do, soon going to be doomed for hell and damnation, we are helpless, and hopeless.

Saved: We are saved, by who? Jesus! Jesus gave His own life for us (Ephesians 2:4-5)! Jesus loves us so much, that He died for sinners (Romans 5:8). We didn’t do anything to earn our salvation, Jesus gave it to us. He became the perfect sacrifice for us. He gave His life! Jesus loves us so much (1 John 3:16).

Application: How does 2 Chronicle 35:23 apply to our lives? When Josiah was injured, and close to death he asked to be taken away. But Jesus didn’t do that. He asked that God would those who were crucifying him. He could have had a million angels come and rescue Him, but He wanted to rescue us. He saved us!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me. Please help me to love You, and to read and rejoice in Your word. Please help me to draw close to You, and run to you when I need help. Please strengthen me, and other believers all around the world. Thank You for making me Your daughter, and giving Your son for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Dead in sins, Ephesians 2:1-2,

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

Saved, Ephesians 2:4-5,

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

Still sinners, Romans 5:8,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Love, 1 John 3:16,

“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.”

Beginning verse, 2 Chronicles 35:23,

“Archers shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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