Hebrews 9: 23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 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. 26 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. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 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.
My thoughts are drawn to the last two verses especially. When we die, we face the judgement. That is our judgement day in reality. It was fudgment day for Jesus, too, when he died on the cross. He was judged guilty for the sins of the whole world. The One who knew no sin became sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because Jesus was judged to be guilty of our sins, then we are judged to be innocent in the sight of God.
That’s why we do not have to fear the day of our death. Will there be some pain and suffering on that day? Maybe for some of us. Life can be cruel. More often than not I have seen members who just slipped away quietly. Death was no more than taking one last breath. What we don’t have to be worried about is what will happen next. The day we die is our judgment day. Only, we have already been judged in the sight of God to be innocent of all sin for Jesus’ sake. That’s what it means to be justified by grace through faith.
And when then of the big Judgment Day when Jesus comes again? No fear there either! He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. When Jesus comes a second time, believers around the world will stand up a cheer, because they know their salvation has come. What peace our Savior gives us in life and in death!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know that I am yours and you are mine. All my sins were paid for when you were judged guilty of them as you died on the cross. Now, Lord, I wait eagerly for you to come a second time and bring salvation to all who believe in your. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.