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A few weeks back, my children and I watched a locally filmed movie. The film was about a thirteen-year-old girl, who gave her own life to save that of her six-year-old brother. It was a sad story, seeing how the film ended with how the father found his daughter, who froze to death. If you are interested in watching the film, it’s called Racheltjie de Beer and I will leave a link in the description of the podcast episode.
After watching the film, we have discussed it and the lesson that was learned was what heroism look like. It is someone who give their own life, to save someone else.
Joh 19:16 So then he handed him over to them in order that he could be crucified. So they took Jesus,
Joh 19:17 and carrying for himself the cross, he went out to the place called The Place of a Skull (which is called Golgotha in Aramaic),
Joh 19:18 where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, and Jesus in the middle.
Joh 19:28 After this, Jesus, knowing that now at last everything was completed, in order that the scripture would be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”
Joh 19:29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a branch of hyssop and brought it to his mouth.
Joh 19:30 Then when he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed,” and bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.
Jesus was crucified for our sin so that we don’t have to pay the price ourselves. Then He resurrected from the dead after three days (John 20) and now sits on the Right hand of God, the Father.
Jesus is a hero. What He has done on the cross for us, is heroism because He has given His life for us. If Jesus didn’t do that, do you know that we all then would have paid the price for the sin we do, ourselves?
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What happens when we sin?
Isa 59:2 But your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made him hide his face so that he doesn’t hear you.
Sin separates us from God. We need Jesus, who has laid down His life for us, our sin, as an atonement. In the Old Testament, Leviticus 8 and 16 to be precise, shows us the atonement for sin was the blood of animals. The word atonement in Hebrew is kâphar and it means: cover-up. The blood of the animals covered up our sin, that was why they had to be offered for our sins. But with the New Testament, the atonement for our sin is Jesus Christ. He has shed His blood on the cross for our sin.
Why is this necessary? Why can’t I just not take the offer that Jesus did and see what happens? Why can’t I pay for my own sin?
To understand what happens to us if we do not take up the new testament, faith and believe in Jesus Christ of what He did for us on the cross, is to go over to the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation was written by John who was given the revelation of what is to come.
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
So what does it say about those who do not believe? Who wants to pay the price themselves?
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Here’s the full passage:
Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
Rev 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
Rev 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Jesus Christ, the hero who gave His life for us, is the One you need to accept in faith. He is the One who you need to follow, invite into your life, live according to His commandments, have faith in Him so that you do not pay the price for your own sin. Paying the price for your own sin means to pay it in eternity, in hell.
When I grew up, we heard a lot about hell, Satan, God and Jesus. These days you do not hear it as much, it’s not preached as much and I want to preach it because hearing about hell and what will happen one day, might just be what you need to hear.
Look up to Jesus, in order to see what a real hero looks like and please consider giving your life to Him. If you had in the past but lost faith in Him for whatever reason, He is still waiting for you to come back to Him again. Do not miss the opportunity now because it might be too late tomorrow.