READ : Hebrews 9:16-28
Christ miraculously entered our world, and took on a body. He completely identified with humanity so that by His substitute death He could save it. As animals had been sacrificed to God for people’s sins, now Christ is offered as the one final sacrifice, making animal sacrifices obsolete.
What Christ began when He entered this world, He will complete when He returns. The day of His return will be even greater than the day He was born in Bethlehem. It is the hope and assurance of everyone who believes in the Christ.
On an October afternoon in 1982, Badger Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin was packed. The University of Wisconsin was playing the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans were handling the Badgers with ease. Although the score was lopsided, the Wisconsin fans continued to shout and applaud. How could they cheer when their team was losing? In reality the cheers were coming from the fans not for the Badgers, but for the Milwaukee Brewers who were beating the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the 1982 World Series 70 miles away. They were listening on portable radios and responding to something greater than what was happening on the field. The Christian sees beyond this moment to the day of Christ’s return and complete victory.
Heavenly Father, we pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen.