“…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.”
Personally, I am very comfortable with the understanding that Christ has fulfilled the Old by ushering in the New Covenant. He became the blood sacrifice for the sins of mankind and that work is finished. Of course, geometrically speaking, salvation is a point and sanctification is a line extending from that point. I am somewhere on that line, moving toward being formed into the image of Christ. By my calculations, I’ve got quite a ways to go.
But when he does come – for the second time – salvation will be complete for those of us who are eagerly waiting for Him. The point and the line will merge into one present moment and will live on into eternity. I really can’t get my head around it…but then thankfully, I don’t have to fully understand it.
But here’s my thought for today: While I am moving along that sanctification line I think I’m supposed to be eagerly waiting. Eager – a strong and impatient desire. I think of eager as a longing…like how the creation is longing for redemption. It’s strangely not the feeling of wanting to jerk Jesus out of heaven right this minute – though there are days. No, it’s more a longing to be made whole but not at the expense of those who have not found the “point”.
At just the right time, God sent Jesus and at just the right time He will send Jesus again. His plan is right on schedule.
Lord, kindle in me flames of eagerness and compassion.
About the World?
I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life. John 8:12