For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. (Hebrews 9:24-28)
What Jesus Came To Do
The plight of man was desperate and there was no hope of relief. When Satan deceived Eve and man was expelled from the garden, sin covered the world in a dark blanket of despair destroying millions of souls to the pits of darkness. The righteous were few but the remnant of faithful remained to shine as lights in a world gone black. Through the Law of Moses a sliver of promise was preserved to reveal the greatest gift man would know. His name was Jesus and He came to save His people from their sins. The man from Nazareth would spend less than three years establishing the kingdom of His Father and then die on a cross accused of heinous crimes. His death would be celebrated by the religious leaders of His own nation believing they had snuffed out a man who threatened their world of hypocrisy. On the first day of the week following His death the world changed forever. Jesus Christ came from the pit of Hades and rose to dwell with His Father with all authority and power reigning at His right hand. Nothing would be the same. Kingdoms would rise and fall but the Christ still reigns. Philosophies of men flow through the channels of history failing to answer the needs of man while the word of God endures forever giving men the light of hope. A world gone mad with the pleasures of the flesh denies the power of godliness established in the truth of the teaching of Jesus Christ. There is hope, peace, safety and light because of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus came He entered the world with a single purpose in mind. He brought hope to man because He was coming to put away sin. The dominion of sin had burdened the world since the garden with its damning influence of corrupt minds, lascivious spirits and evil purposes. Nothing man could do would wipe the stain of sin away. Obedience to the will of God preserved the nature of man until a greater sacrifice would come. The Gentiles proved they could not be saved apart from Christ and the Jews illustrated throughout their history they could not be saved without the better High Priest entering the holy places and redeeming all men. Jesus came to enter the veil and become the sacrificial lamb offered up once for the sins of all men. He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. This could not be done with the blood of bulls, goats, sheep or oxen. No animal could take the horrible stench of sin away. Not even the sacrifice of a man would suffice to put away sin. Enoch was such a righteous man he was not for God took him. His life was not enough to take away sin. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Abraham was called a friend of God, Moses saw the passing glory of God and David was a man after God’s own heart – but none of these men could die for the sins of the world. Jesus left the glory of God to come down to lowly earth and give Himself as a sacrifice for sin so that all men could have the hope of salvation.
The cost of redemption defined the price to be paid. Redemption was so high nothing man could do was worthy to satisfy the debt. Jesus knew that ransom would come from His blood shed on a piece of wood outside the city of Jerusalem. He knew His purpose was to die and He knew the manner of His death. And He still came to earth. He offered Himself to bear the sins of many while He bore none. Incredulous was the scene at Golgotha when the only man who had never committed a sin in His life was being murdered by those who were filled with sin. More astounding was the cry of the Son of God when He begged His Father to forgive those who railed against Him. Jesus came to die. It would only take one death and yet upon that one death eternity was clinging. The Son of God gave His life so that all men could live. Two thousand years ago the world changed. There is coming a day when the world will not change again – it will end. On that day Jesus will return, apart from sin; not coming to bring the message of salvation but to declare judgment. He will appear a second time for salvation to take home those who have believed He is the Son of God and who have obeyed the word of God. There will be many who did not believe and who did not obey the will of the Lord. For the saved it will be a time of joy and eagerly waiting for the revelation of God will be fulfilled in the promised rest in the bosom of the Father. Sadly the majority of people in the world Jesus came to save will be lost in the darkness of eternal death. The blood of Jesus was ready to save them but they did not believe. Jesus is coming again. Only one more time will He come and that is the final time. His return will not be to offer Himself as a ransom but to establish His rule as Judge of all men.