Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
(Hebrews 9:28 (NIV))

How is it that such few words could stir so much controversy?

Think about that for a moment.

You either believe this passage as truth or you vehemently deny the truth behind these words. You can live your life looking to the hope that these words bring, or you can live your life in total mockery of those who do. You can look upon all people as children of God and worthy of grace, or you can look upon others as inferior, and objects to be dealt with.

Jesus stirs up so much discord. He even told us that this would happen.

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
(Mark 13:12 (NIV))

Based on His words, a time is coming where Jesus will be even more controversial. A time is coming where our faith will be tested.

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
(Mark 13:13 (NIV))

Stand firm in your faith. Stand firm in your convictions. Stand firm in the knowledge that Jesus was sacrificed to take away the sins of the world. Stand firm in your faith that He will return. Stand firm in your faith that salvation is yours.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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