“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28
We all have an appointment with death. As Ben Franklin said there are only two things that are sure in this world that is death and taxes. The reason we have an appointment with death and judgment takes us back to the Garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve they would die if they ate the forbidden fruit. The reason for their death was disobedience. In their moment of rebellion, mortality entered the human experience. By virtue of our corporate union with Adam, our forefather’s sin and his experience of death became part of our experience.
Life is lived one time, then death and judgment; just as there was for Adam and Eve. Man will die and God will judge him. This directly relates to the work of Christ. He too was appointed to die once. He died one time and His death need never be repeated. Because He has died once, He will never come again to act as a sacrifice. Rather, He will come to bring final salvation to His people. Death is not just some natural process in the world. It is part of the divine judgment on sin. Death is a verdict. But this is not the end of the story. Because of the gospel there is hope.
God had a plan. “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.” (Acts 2:22-24) Jesus conquered death and He will return one day, but not as a sacrifice. He is coming back to forgive sin. He is coming back to save those who are eagerly expecting Him.