Stand in the Gap - Ezekiel 22:30
by Carl H. Stevens
"And I sought for a man among them. That should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none" (Ezekiel 22:30).
There was a huge gap or partition between us and God. Our sins separated us from God and there was no one to help us. Because of God´s holiness and purity, He could not look upon sin. We were doomed to eternal separation. But God had a plan to send Jesus Christ to bear the penalty for our sins, thus, providing Someone -- the perfect God-man -- to stand in the gap for all of mankind (2). Jesus gave up heaven and humbled Himself as a man on this earth, sacrificing all so that He could ever intercede to the Father for us (3).
Today, there are still many people who do not know that Christ stands in the gap for them. As men run from truth, the gap that separates them from God grows larger and larger. We who follow the Savior have the opportunity to stand in the gap so that people may know what Jesus has done for them. Who will gladly be spent on the behalf of others (4)? Who will lay down his life for others (5)? Do not give God rest day and night (6) as you pray for souls to be saved. Ask God for the heathen as your inheritance (7).
Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.