Somebody Has To Die

The title of our bog sounds much like a Mafia movie from the sixties but it much older than that.  Consider Isaiah’s time, God’s people were facing impending judgment because of their sins.  Consider chapters 20-25.  In chapter 22 we find these words:

“The Lord of Hosts has revealed himself in my ears; Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die, says the Lord of Hosts.”

The fact is, God’s wrath in the moment would subside but God’s eternal wrath against sin could not be satisfied no matter how many people die.  As I read this passage I was reminded that God was sending one from heaven who could offer a sufficient sacrifice for our sins.  This one is Jesus.

“But when Christ, (came) and offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,” Hebrews 10:12

I am so overwhelmed at what Christ did for me.  As Sherry and I made our way back to Va to be with mom in her last hours I felt the fleshly emotion of sorrow for our loss but in the spirit I experienced the joy of knowing that only mom’s body was dying.  Because Christ died and rose again, mom at the point of death will only experience a separation from her body because Heaven will be her home because of Jesus.

For those who have walked with family through the time of death, it is so joyous to know the Lord.  But even greater is the joy of being able to proclaim the work of the Lord for humanity.  Here is how the psalmist proclaimed this truth, “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!  May those who love your salvation say evermore, God is great,” Psalm 70:4.

So as you approach this day, have joy that no matter what you face, Jesus saves!!!

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