“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 judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Reference: Hebrews 9:26-28 )
I only have one purpose for writing today beloved – well, maybe two. The first is to tell you that Christ only needed to sacrifice his life one time to save all people in all times – the Old Testament past where people tried to follow God but did not seem to fully know the God that sent Christ; Jesus’ time on earth when the Jews has suffered so much that it made a mockery of being the “chosen people”; and the future being both our present and the days to come when the world and Christianity have come together in so many ways but have also diverged in so many ways. One time, one sacrifice, one Christ, one God.
I do not know why it was then, at that time, and in that place. It almost seems to defy understanding. But someday we will, when Christ returns and the final judgment of all things is at hand. We are not even sure how that will happen. So we wait. The only difference is amongst all the world – do we wait in anticipation . . . or in fear?
May you beloved make one firm and unending decision to follow Christ. Selah!
P.S. On a personal note. Happy Birthday mom! The second reason for writing today!