S (Scripture): Hebrews 9:27 And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, 28 so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.
O (Observation): The author is explaining how salvation works in regards to Jesus’ past and future presence. In Jesus’ past presence, his death stands for the death of our sin (or at least the power of that sin, as separation from God).
For those eagerly awaiting Jesus’ future presence, the author assures all that Jesus’ second coming is about salvation, not judgment. Perhaps a purification would take place, but the ultimate end is for our salvation.
A (Application): In other words, the fires of hell do not, nor should they ever, scare us into submission.
Jesus never promises an easy life, but promises peace to his friends. In Jesus’ coming, we see a God who wishes to know us and who wishes to be known (at least in part).
God wants us to reach out so that we are comfortable connecting personally and as a faith community. Jesus, the great High Priest, has brought our sins upon Himself, and has once and for all bridged the gap between God and humanity.
And now we wait for His coming again, for salvation…and we are glad for it.
How do you view Christ’s second coming? With fear and trembling? With humility? With hope? A little bit of all of that?
P (Prayer): Lord, we trust you. More importantly, you know us and our faults, and Christ has covered our faults. We are yours. Bless us. Preserve us. Bring us close to you. Amen.