Devotional – Hebrews 9

27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Jesus is coming again. No one knows when or at what time, but the Scriptures are clear that he’s coming back a second time. The angels told the apostles on the day of his ascension that he would come the same way that he left. Revelation 19 is more specific when it tells us that Christ will come on a white horse with all his angles. But for what purpose will he come? For those who are not saved he will come as a final judge dealing with the rebellion against his kingdom. But this is not so for those who have put their faith and trust in him. Those who are still alive when he returns will not be full of fear at his coming, no they will have hearts full of joy because they know that Christ has already dealt with their sin on the cross; his one-time act of substitutionary sacrifice is complete and so is their salvation. But that hope is not just for those who eagerly await the coming of Christ on the day of his return, it is that same hope we have as we eagerly await to be in the presence of the Lord whether by death or his return. Our hope in that day is for now, not just for the not yet. The appointment of our death is coming, but our hope is in the once for all, completed work of Christ who is our salvation.

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