Washed in the Blood
One of the greatest and most widespread fears in this world is the fear of dying. For Christians, death is the punishment for our sins, yet it is not the end of life, as long as we believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). For atheists, dying is the bitter end; there is nothing that follows this life. To live one’s life as if there is no heaven or hell would be a hopeless and cruel existence. As atheist–turned–Christian Lee Strobel once said, “To continue in atheism, I would need to believe that nothing produces everything, non-life produces life, randomness produces fine-tuning, chaos produces information, unconsciousness produces consciousness, and non-reason produces reason. I simply didn’t have that much faith.”
Today is All Saints’ Day. Today, we remember those who have died and been called home to heaven. Today is not a day to mourn those who have preceded us in death. Rather, today is a day to rejoice and celebrate their homecoming in heaven! In this world, we need not fear death. Jesus Christ died an innocent death on the cross for all of our sins, conquering the devil and sin. He then rose from the grave, conquering death forever. He freely gave us the gift of eternal life by giving up His life for us. Jesus said, “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” (John 10:18a).
Jesus did not sacrifice Himself for a single group of people. He did not only take on the sins of one nation. He sacrificed His life on the cross and rose from the dead for ALL believers. All we must do is believe in Him; there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one come to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6).
The Scripture used for All Saints’ Day comes from the Book of Revelation:
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’”
“Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will shelter them with His presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” (Revelation 7:9–17).
If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins, then you have already been saved from eternal damnation and will instead live forever in heaven after death. Jesus Christ has washed away all of our sins with His sacrificial blood, clothing us in the unblemished, dazzling white robes of His righteousness. Thanks and praise be to God for all that He has done for us!