In the New Testament, Part 5

Salvation Bible Basics

Let’s look now at Hebrews 9:24‑28. ‘For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Jesus didn’t have to come back and die again and again. He only had to die one time. When He died, He not only paid for all the sins of all the Old Testament saints, but He also paid for the sins of the people who would be born in the future. He paid for all the sins of the entire world. He paid for all the sins of every person who had ever lived up to that time and every person who would ever be born down to the end of time. He only had to die once.

Now He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf. It is as if He is saying, ‘Here’s the bill marked Paid in Full, Father. See that fellow right there who is just now trusting in Me alone to get him into Heaven? Father, I’ve already paid for him. There is another one, Father. He is trusting in Me alone. He has given up on himself.  He is not trying to get in here by his own ways anymore. He is trusting in Me, Father. He is one of Mine also.’

That is what the good news, the Gospel, is all about. You and I can’t get to Heaven on our own, but the good news is that Jesus has made a way for us to be right with God.