December 23

Hebrews 7:1-10:18

I worked with a dear woman who believed she had a previous life in England during the time of the Tudors. She wasn’t crazy or weird or anything. She just felt a connection with that time in history and attributed it to a previous existence. 

The writer of Hebrews says, “Just as a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement…” as a given. There was no long explanation of this truth, just the simple statement as though everyone knew it already. Like saying, “as sure as you’re born” or “as sure as Monday follows Sunday”. 

We are celebrating the birth of Jesus this week. I hope you have a wonderful family time and that you remember why we celebrate. But, dear one, what you do in your personal life with this baby, this Jesus who was born to die in your place is all that really matters in this lifetime.

And what you decide about Jesus while you have life on earth will determine your eternity. This life you are experiencing right now in 2013 is the only life you will ever have before you face God. There are no do-overs after you die. We’ll all die once, then face judgement.

As sure as you’re born.

Heavenly Father, may we each consider what Jesus’ birth means to us personally. I pray for everyone reading this blog, that they will know the saving grace that comes from accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord. May none of us put off until tomorrow the decision to follow you today. And may those of us who know you already live lives that represent you well. Help us to be ready to meet you when this life is over. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for loving us. 

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