It is destined … to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” – Hebrews 9:27-28 NASB
The people of Pompeii went about their daily lives as though nothing would change. Then on this day in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Located about nine miles from Naples in southern Italy, this volcano was thought to be extinct. The explosion rained down debris on Pompeii that piled more than nine feet deep. The air filled with poisonous gas and fumes. More than 15,000 people died. This explosion was a sobering reminder that change can happen at any time.
Some Bible scholars believe that the letter to the Hebrews was written around the time of this eruption. Hebrews reminded readers of the shortness of life and the importance of being right before God. Remember that all of us will face His judgment.
The Bible reminds believers that we can know His peace in every situation and be freed from worry. Remember that God sent Jesus to die for us. He was sacrificed to take away our sins, deliver us from fear, and enable us to receive eternal life.
You don’t have to be afraid or worried. Jesus died for you. He came that you might be freed from sin, that you might have peace. Remember, “The world is passing away … but the one who does the will of God continues to live forever” (1 John 2:17). Always seek first His Kingdom. Trust Him to protect and provide for you.
Reflection Question: What would you do right now if you knew today was your last day to live?
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Help me live for You. I trust You for today and the future. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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