Bible Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-9
Key Verse: Verse 4 – "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Key Words: the soul that sinneth, it shall die
I believe there is a principle here which is often overlooked, and that is every individual will be judged for their sin! Even though a person must be judged for their sin, praise be to God Jesus took “our” judgment upon Himself at Calvary.
The ruler of the land one day passed a law that said you couldn’t do certain things in the country. It was discovered that his mother had broken the new laws. The law keepers of the land brought the mother to her son, the king.
“Your mother has broken the law. You said anyone who breaks these laws would receive twenty stripes.”
The ruler was caught in a catch-22. He had a standard that he could not change. It applied to everybody. He really did not want the rules or the consequences to apply to his mother. He loved his mother. How could he keep his standard of perfection and still honor and respect his mother. How could he show love to his mother without playing favorites?
The king unbuttoned his shirt, and told the law keepers to whip him. He told the man with the whip to lash him with the whip twenty times. He bent over and took the twenty lashes for his mother. He met the demands of the law, yet he showed love and mercy to his mother by taking the penalty that she deserved on himself.
Enter Jesus Christ. God says that the “soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The nature of death is eternal separation from a holy God. But Jesus Christ offered Himself to be hung instead. Jesus Christ took the penalty of Calvary that you and I deserved. God obeyed the law that He Himself had set, yet provided a substitute so that you and I could be delivered. He is both just and the justifier of all those who believe in Jesus Christ. The cross shows that any man’s attempt to come to God by his own works and his own power is not enough. There is no basis for self-congratulations.
What to do:
✞ Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
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