The scripture for today, September 26 (9/26), is Hebrews 9:26f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face the judgment.”
According to the Old Law of Moses, sacrifices of perfect lambs had to be made to temporarily pay the ransom of death for people’s sins. But it wasn’t enough because what Satan really wanted was the death of God so he could take over.
Finally, Jesus became the perfect Lamb of God and gave Satan what he wanted (Matthew 20:28). In a sense, he laid down on the altar of the world. He paid the ransom Satan demanded to release our sinful souls from his clutches.
Then Jesus fooled Satan. Satan thought he got what he wanted ~ God in the body of Jesus had died. The ransom was paid and our souls released in one fell swoop. Then three days later he played a trick on Satan: He came back to life!
And so, just as Jesus died once, we too die once. Then our judgment. No second chances. No reincarnations. No going back and trying to be perfect again and failing again. No trying for yet another 1000 years because supposedly Jesus didn’t get it right the first time.
Jesus released us from all of our failures at being perfect. Thank God, he was perfect for us. And now, after dying once, when he returns, he will not set foot on earth. Instead, his followers will meet him in the air among the clouds (I Thessalonians 4:17). The rest will face judgment.
How amazing God’s plan for us!
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