Hebrews 9:26 Jesus has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
This Veteran’s Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Of course, it wasn’t called WWI at first. It was referred to as The Great War. At the time of the fighting it was supposed to be “the war to end all war.” Apparently lots of people believed that this one great campaign would do away with evil at least to the extent that it would do away with war. Sadly, in just over twenty years the Great War would be looked back on as WWI because another global conflict would show that it had not been the war to end all wars. Many people throughout history have dreamed of the day when through force or enlightenment or scientific advances the world would be changed once for all creating everlasting peaceful care and cooperation. It hasn’t happened yet. But the Christian faith makes the outrageous claim that on another level, begun but not yet fully complete, Jesus by the sacrifice of himself has done what is necessary to break the cycle of sin leading to hate and discord and conflict. The war to end all war wasn’t fought in the trenches of Europe but on the cross outside Jerusalem. This week, how will you respond to that “once for all” of Christ?