We can learn some lessons from the life and death of Abel. First, he realised that salvation was by faith. It is true that we cannot tell how much Abel knew of the gospel except to say that he surely had been told of the promise that God had made to send a strong deliverer who would defeat the enemy of our souls. Salvation has always been by faith in the promises of God regarding the Saviour. Abel’s faith looked forward to a coming Deliverer; our faith looks back to his first coming, looks up to his place of power, and looks forward to his return.
Abel is also an example of pleasing the right person. We all aim to please some one, even if it is only ourselves. Abel’s life pleased Jesus, because in Matthew 23:35 he describes Abel as ‘righteous Abel’. At the end of the day, the only opinion that will matter concerning our lives will be the opinion of Jesus Christ.
Abel is also an example of the fact that the destination is more important than the journey. He had a difficult journey, but reached heaven in the end. Indeed he was given the honour of being the first sinner to enter heaven. If we could ask Abel and Cain regarding the choices they made, what would they say to us?
Lastly, Hebrews 12:24 says that the blood of Jesus speaks ‘better things than the blood of Abel’. Abel’s blood cried to God for vengeance, for justice. The blood of Jesus cries out for mercy from God to all who will trust in Jesus.