“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 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.” – Hebrews 9:27-28.

In our culture we spend most of our time avoiding thinking about a simple truth – we are all going to die. But the headlines intrude on this ostrich strategy – with tragedies of celebrity deaths, fears of a pandemic that could kill millions, earthquakes, nuclear posturing by despots and rumors of war. What to do when anxiety is heightened by reminders of the fragility of life? Remember that Christ was sent by God to live a holy life and to bear our punishment, to die for our sins – and that when He comes again He will take us to His father, where we will live forever in a world with no fear, no pain, no heartache, no death. We are already immortal! If you are living in fear of death or judgment, turn to Christ – “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2).

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