Wednesday, September 16, 2015

For Heaven's Sake!

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God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together.  He is the head of his body, which is the church.  He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others.  God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.   And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.

Colossians 1:17-20 

The Bible tells us plainly what the Cross of Jesus Christ means for human beings. Without the Cross we could never be reconciled to God because of our sin! The work of the Cross touches the lives of everyone who believes in Jesus and gives Him control.

But these verses give us a glimpse into the work of the Cross in Heaven! When you read "all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God," you see a door of reality about what the Cross did for those in Heaven. We have no way to look behind that door and understand what exactly these verses are talking about, but it is clear that the Cross of Jesus Christ was for Heaven's Sake as well as ours!

Rebellion against God did not start on this earth. Humanity simply joined in the rebellion when Eve gave in to the temptation to do the thing God had told her not to do. On the Cross and with the Resurrection Satan was forever defeated! That defeat was not only on this earth, but included the entire Cosmos.

Eternal reconciliation for those who had been separated from God became a real possibility because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice! Be careful not to take this clear truth and add to it your own imagination. We will understand exactly what happened at the Cross when we arrive in Heaven, and probably not before!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for going to the Cross for my sake and for the sake of every man who has ever and will ever live. And thank You for letting me know that Your Cross was for Heaven's Sake as well. May You be praised forever. Amen."

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