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.Hebrews 9:28(ESV)
The law of God is the perfect standard He requires from humanity, but it cannot make man righteous nor pardon his sin. So God devised the plan of salvation that would satisfy His justice and impute man with His own righteousness through the full payment of the required price for sin – which is the willing, sacrificial death of the only perfect sacrifice – the Lord Jesus Christ.
He came 2000 years ago to fulfil the righteous requirement of the law and was offered as the one and only oblation to break the power of sin, to bear the sins of many and to destroy the works of the devil – so that all who believe on His name will be saved from the penalty of sin, covered in His own cloak of righteousness and be made pure and holy, to the satisfaction of a holy GOD.
But He was rejected and returned to His home in glory and today, there is a man, seated at the right hand of the Father, awaiting the appointed time when He will appear the second time , not to deal with sin, for that was fully accomplished at the cross, when His saving blood covered the mercy seat for all humanity – so that the sin of the many, who would believe on His name would be saved – but He will appear the second time to take us to be with Himself, so that where He is we may be also.
Let us keep awake and alert – eagerly awaiting His any-day return, knowing that the day is fast approaching when the Lord will descend from heaven with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God and make His promised appearance in the clouds to meet us in the air – for He will appear this second time to finalise the good work that He has started in each of us when, in our glorified bodies, His good work of salvation in us will be finally completed.
Loving Father thank You for Your glorious plan of salvation, sanctification and glorification – of all that trust in Jesus as saviour. I eagerly await your any-day return to take the Church, which is Your body to be with Yourself – forever. Thank You Father in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.