Hebrews 10:28-39, Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:(as you began to change your life) 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. (In other word even though your life and or ministry has been difficult, heaven is still yours)
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
37 “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Right now we are again in a season, where people are talking about the Lord’s soon return (the blood moons). Now I’m not sure if this is it or not, but this does serve as a reminder that we must be ready.
In Maui, Hawaii, whenever a tsunami warning is given on the northern coastline, the people living in Hana rush up the side of the mountain to a high place of safety. Nearby is a tall wooden cross that was placed there many years ago by missionaries. For their physical safety, people run to the area where the cross is located. In case of emergency family members know to meet at the cross.
In a similar way, all of us need a place of spiritual safety. Why? Because the Lord gives us these warnings in His Word.
Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 9:27 says, And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
We might not like to think about what the consequences of our sin will be as we face a holy God, but it is a serious thing “to fall into the hands of the living God.”
The good news is that out of love for us, the Father has provided a place of safety.
Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Psalm 143:9, Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; In You I take shelter.
God sent His Son Jesus to die so we wouldn’t have to be separate from Him forever.
Colossians 1:19-22, For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
Because Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, that place of safety is available.
Psalm 62:8, Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
Have you run to the cross?
To escape sin’s curse, we must run to the cross.
John 3:16-18, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.