You have now come to Mount Zion and to the heavenly Jerusalem. This is the city of the living God, where thousands and thousands of angels have come to celebrate. Here you will find all of God's dearest children, whose names are written in heaven. And you will find God himself, who judges everyone. Here also are the spirits of those good people who have been made perfect. And Jesus is here! He is the one who makes God's new agreement with us, and his sprinkled blood says much better things than the blood of Abel.
The first death of a human being did not happen because he grew old and died of “natural causes.” The first death came because of rebellion against God. It was the first case of “religious persecution.” Cain killed his brother Abel because God approved of Abel’s sacrifice and not of Cain’s.
Adam and Eve’s sin brought the consequence of death to all men. Their son Abel was the first man to suffer that fate! When Abel arrived in Heaven there was no one else from earth there with him.
When Jesus died on the Cross, He was the last Man to suffer because of the Curse of Death! When Jesus died, His death was the completion of the punishment for Adam and Eve’s sin and for the sin of all mankind! When Jesus proclaimed “It is finished” as He died on the Cross, He must have been talking about the punishment of death that came to all men because of Adam and Eve!
If Jesus had not died on the Cross, every man and woman who has ever lived, including you and me, would be lost in the fires of Hell forever! But because He took the punishment for all sin, those who follow Him will escape Hell and live with Jesus forever in the presence of God!
“Lord Jesus, You not only redeemed me from eternal damnation, but You, Lord will love me forever! Jesus, You paid the price for my sin and suffered my death on the Cross. I place my trust in You and desire to obey Your every Word. Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name now and forever, Amen!”