Once For All
” ‘I Belong There!’ – A missionary was speaking to a remote tribe of people who had never heard about the life and ministry of Jesus. Seated in the front row, listening intently to all the missionary had to say, was the chief of the tribe.
As the story of Jesus came to its climax and the chief heard how Christ was cruelly crucified, he could restrain himself no longer. He jumped up and cried, “Stop! Take Him down from the cross! I belong there, not Him!” (Henry G. Bosch)
Indeed, you belonged there, not Jesus! So what was He doing up there? The Apostle Peter answers the question for us.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (1 Peter 3:18 NASB)
What was the Righteous Jesus doing hanging on a cross? He was solving the sin problem for you, once for all, so that it would never again have the power to separate you from God! He was fulfilling His mission to remove every legal barrier and give you unlimited and unfettered access to God forever.
Unfortunately, many believers think that their sins still have the power to separate them from God. But if as a believer, your sins still separate you from God and deny you access to Him, then Jesus did not deal with your sins “once for all.” And if God is still unable to fellowship with you when you sin, on the basis of your faith in Jesus’ death for you, then Jesus died in vain. His death did not solve the sin problem, once for all, it remains a barrier, and the way into the presence of the Holy God continues to be blocked, at least in part. We need to find a better Savior. God forbid!
Child of God, do you ever sin? Probably, even though you do not desire to. Do your sins separate you from God? No, they cannot. Why? Jesus died for them already, “once for all.”
Sin is still evil. Sin is still dumb. Sin is still destructive. But thank God, because of Jesus, sin cannot separate God from you any longer. So don’t sin, but if you do, remember that the way into the Holy of Holies is always open to you.