Second Samuel 24 tells the story of when King David sinned and God gave him a choice of how he would be judged: seven years of famine for the land, three months of military defeat, or three days of plague upon Israel.
The choice put David in great distress (2 Samuel 24:14), but He put Himself in the hand of God whose mercies are great. He knew that God was both just and gracious. God sent a plague that killed 70,000 Israelites.
Some are appalled that God would kill 70,000 people for the sin of their leader; that one would bear the judgment for another. But consider that we pay for the sins of others each day, whether it’s the child hit by a drunk driver or the policeman killed by an angry protester. We must remember that none of us is “innocent” before God. We all have earned the wages for our sin (Romans 6:23) and how God pays those wages of death is up to Him.
At the cross, Jesus bore the sins of the world. He took upon Himself God’s judgment for your sins. The truly innocent Christ died in your place, for your sins, so you could live eternally.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).
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