Man to Die Once? Cry of a Christmas Carol

carolEnoch and Elijah – Along with Moses, these are top gunners for those applying the part of “Two Witnesses” mentioned in Revelation. The evidence? “It is appointed man to die once” as gathers the Hebrew author. And at least two of these have yet to take their turn. But let us discover what else he has to say

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

At the end of this age, when Jesus returns, what will He do? First, transacts the resurrection of those who are dead and in Christ (1Thess 4:16). Next, and most important to this article, He will gather those who are still alive and in Christ (1 Thess 4:17) …and kill them

Hold the phone! Kill them? In order that man die once, He would have to – Wrong? I believe we all know the right answer here

First, we must ask the million dollar question… “the Why Behind the What”

Beyond popular belief, the context of this statement revolves around what would have been, had God not suffered the Cross. Think about it. Why was man appointed to die once? Because of sin. What did Jesus do? He paid the price for it. And that is what the author of Hebrews is intending to convey. He simply does it “A Christmas Carol” type fashion, where Scrooge has the dickens scared out of him by what might have been, or very well may be, would we not die to ourselves, in Christ, now

The beauty of this book is that it touchstones an in depth paramount per what Christ has done and why

Sorry Enoch. Sorry Elijah. Sorry Moses. You may yet have the job, but not for all the reasons initially considered. Probably you already knew and are A-OK. James and John? I have a hunch

May we continually be graced to ask the “Why Behind the What”