“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Hebrews 10:26-27.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 15-18, and Hebrews 10.
In the Old Testament times, if you sinned there were sacrifices available to take care of things.
In the New Testament, that changed. Animal sacrifices ended. What now?
God made a way for our sins to be taken care of. How? He sent Jesus to earth to die for them.
Jesus was no ordinary sacrifice. He was perfect, blameless. He was, indeed, the perfect sacrifice.
When Jesus died (Good Friday) He took everyone’s sins with Him. Those sins included those of folks living before and after the time He lived in.
God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and raised Him from the dead (Easter). When Jesus came back from the dead, He was unburdened of the sins He had died with. Those sins are our sins and we are unburdened of them as well.
We each have new life. So far, so good but today’s verses get into those who have this information and choose to reject it. They smear what Jesus did. They deny it was anything important. They blaspheme God!
Those folks are in serious trouble. They have rejected the only solution for their sins. They have set themselves up to be judged for their sins. Not being friends of God transitions them into enemies of God. The consequences of that status are horrible. God is going to deem them unworthy on Judgment Day of an after-life with Him.
“Lord, these verses spell things out very clearly. There is no wiggle room: we either believe that You took care of our sin problem or we don’t. So many choose to reject what You have done for them and live unconcerned with the consequences of that rejection. O Lord, open their hearts. Make them realize what You did and the consequences of what they’ve done. I think specifically of my own family……many drift through life oblivious of You. O Lord, open their hearts. Wake them up to what they’re missing, I beg. I love You, Father.”
Rejecting what Jesus did is ultimately serious.