In the end, the devil took advantage of Jesus’ human weakness. He caused the soldiers to put Jesus on a cross to die. And Jesus died there. But that was not defeat for Jesus. That was success. That was God’s perfect plan to destroy the devil’s power. By Jesus’ death, God has freed his people from the power of death. The devil controlled them like slaves, but God made them free! From: usefulbible.com – by Keith Simons
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New Testament: Hebrews 2:1-18
Summary: Warning Against Neglecting Salvation, The Founder of Salvation
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
~ Hebrews 2:1-4
So we certainly must not neglect the work that God’s Son did to save us. There is no other way to avoid the punishment for our evil deeds. We could never save ourselves.
Jesus himself warned about this. People who refused to accept his words would suffer an even worse fate than Sodom (Matthew 10:15). And he explained the reason in Matthew 11:23. God had done great and wonderful things by his Son. If the people in Sodom had seen such things, they would have decided to obey God.
The work of God’s Son is so wonderful that he can even save people as wicked as Sodom’s inhabitants!