Eagerly Waiting – Hebrews 9:28 ESV


“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

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE



Numbers 7:33
one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

Isaiah 53:5
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He has poured out His life unto death, and He was numbered among the transgressors. Yet He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.

Matthew 20:28
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 25:31
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne.

Acts 1:11
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”

Romans 3:25
God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand.

1 Corinthians 1:7
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Titus 2:13
as we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:14
Are not the angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 2:3
how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.

Hebrews 5:9
And having been made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him

Hebrews 7:27
Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people; He sacrificed for sin once for all when He offered up Himself.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 2:24
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.”

1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the spirit,

Jude 1:21
keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.

SELECT COMMENTARY



Matthew Henry
9:23-28 It is evident that the sacrifices of Christ are infinitely better than those of the law, which could neither procure pardon for sin, nor impart power against it. Sin would still have been upon us, and have had dominion over us; but Jesus Christ, by one sacrifice, has destroyed the works of the devil, that believers may be made righteous, holy, and happy. As no wisdom, learning, virtue, wealth, or power, can keep one of the human race from death, so nothing can deliver a sinner from being condemned at the day of judgment, except the atoning sacrifice of Christ; nor will one be saved from eternal punishment who despises or neglects this great salvation. The believer knows that his Redeemer liveth, and that he shall see him. Here is the faith and patience of the church, of all sincere believers. Hence is their continual prayer as the fruit and expression of their faith, Even so come, Lord Jesus

Ellicott
When the Christ shall appear the second time, it shall be “apart from sin”–no longer bearing sin, but “separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26). Of the judgment which He shall pass upon “the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:27) this verse does not speak, but only of His appearing to His own people, who “wait for Him.” This expressive word, again and again used by St. Paul (see Note on Romans 8:19) to describe the attitude of Christ’s people upon earth towards their Lord (Philippians 3:20; 1Corinthians 1:7) and His salvation (Romans 8:23; Romans 8:25), is here applied to all who love His appearing. By these “He shall be seen” as He is (1John 3:2). The last words “unto salvation” declare the purpose of His appearing, in a form which at once recalls the teaching of earlier verses in the Epistle (Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 7:26), and especially Hebrews 9:12 of this chapter, and which brings to mind the name of Him for whom we wait, the Saviour (Philippians 3:20).

MY PONDERING



Yes, when Christ comes the second time it will be as a mighty Lion to gather His cubs, way different than His first coming as the sacrificial Lamb.

The ultimate question herien is will YOU (and I) be waiting? Eagerly waiting?

Think about if we had no struggles, hardships, and trials would many of us lose interest in salvation? I think so.

Jesus suffered. Should we be exempt?

Overcomers, those who persevere despite their challenges and remain faithful, shall hear the final call of Christ and respond.


KIRK’S PRAYER

LORD, thank you for Your amazing sacrificial gift. I can wait to open it!

What a mighty promise. Christ shall come to earth uncloaked twice. Because of the great twice man has a twice option. Everyone will either be born twice or die twice. Once of each is a given, twice we have a major role in its outcome. This verse makes it very clear who will be saved, if you are in position to avoid dieing twice?

Do you want a major clue if it will be you? Its right here. Are you eagerly waiting for Jesus’s majestic 2nd coming right now, this very moment?

Check out John 3:1-15.

Because we Americans right now have the most properous, cushiest life of any people in history we are at a disadvantage. Because why do we need saving? Its all good. Well, mostly. Well, not totally. The things Americans complain about are often so petty and different. We are indeed blessed but that can be very dangerous if we are lulled into complacency or pride.

Thankfully this country was founded upon Christian values and its time, all the time, not to lose site of God’s blessing and eagerly await our Hero’s return this time as a lion not a lamb.

My prayer: Jesus, thanks for being so dutiful and loving.

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