Once and forever

Has anyone ever taken the blame for you? When you did something wrong, was there someone who stood up and accepted the punishment you deserved?

That’s happened to me a few times, where I truly deserved what was coming to me, but someone else stood up in my place and “took one for the team” so to speak.

Waterfall at Glen Eyrie - Colorado Springs, CO

Waterfall at Glen Eyrie - Colorado Springs, CO

Today’s verse is Hebrews 7:25.

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

That’s what Jesus did for us on the cross. He stood up in our place and took punishment that we deserved for our sins so that we could have a relationship with God — the same kind of relationship He does. He died on the cross, He rose from the dead, and now He is in heaven preparing a place for those of us who follow Him.

What this verse is saying is epic.

It’s saying that Jesus can save anyone who comes to God through Him. Once and forever.

We don’t have to ask over and over again.

We don’t have to worry that we’ll lose our salvation.

We don’t have to seek salvation by good deeds or good works.

Salvation comes through Christ, once and forever. Jesus stands between us and God and bridges the gap we could never cross on our own.

This thought is brief today, but it’s a pretty big deal. And a lot of times, this is something I take advantage of. I don’t appreciate this relationship that I have. I can drop everything and go directly to God through Christ and tell Him about what’s happening in my life. I can live my life with confidence and surety that I know 100% where I will go when I die. And I don’t have to be insecure about my eternal future because my future rests in Jesus’ hands and not my own.

How often do I take that for granted? How often do I get caught up in the silly little details of my little life?

Christ saved me, once and forever. How can anything bring me down when I look at life that way?

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