August 24, 2020 Who Do You Cry Out To? -Pastor Perry Windecker
“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” (Hebrews 9:26-28 NIV).
As a child if your house caught on fire, who’s name would you scream out in the middle of the night, a parent’s name. Shouting MOM or DAD at the top of your lungs. They would come running and save you, maybe, open the window and safely put you outside. But what if you had other brothers and sisters. Your parents would go back for them too. Would you not stand there in the front yard, tears streaming down watching, waiting, and praying for them to return? Hoping for some sight of them in the smoky darkness to appear.
This analogy is extreme, but it puts our mind in perspective and focuses us on what these passages are saying. See I often find that when the word judgment is used then our focus is pulled off course to the negative. Yes, there will be a time when all will face judgment, but you have a choice. To choose to face that alone or with the Son of God standing by your side. Will you choose to say Jesus, “I accept that you died once for all so sin could be washed away.” Will you choose to stand guiltless, before the throne or, knowing you could have but did not.
Jesus came to save creation. He lived as a human, was tempted as a human, suffered as a human, and died for all humans once and for all. His sacrifice was to overcome death and sin. So how do you choose? Will you wait in eager hope of his second coming or be surprised at His second coming?