November 7 – Hebrews 9:25-28. One Death.

Monday, November 7, 2011

November 7 – Hebrews 9:25-28. One Death.

Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Christ died, once for all.  With the population crossing the seven billion mark, it is a good thing he doesn’t have to suffer every time one of us screws up – that wouldn’t be sacrifice, that would simply be torture.

When Jesus became like us – human, he took on flesh and chose to exist as a human being.  Since we only die once, it would only be right that Jesus would die just one time.  He was given one opportunity to offer his life for the sins of every person who ever lived.  That was all it took. He needed no more than that to deal with sin and death.

The next time he returns it will be to bring salvation.