27 And just as surely as it is appointed for all man to die once, and after that pass to their judgment,
28 so it is certain that Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many and after that, to those who look for him, he will appear a second time, not this time to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who eagerly await him (Philips translation).
Jesus Christ came forth the first time to die for our sins. He was crucified and suffered under the powers that were set to kill him (1st Cor. 2:5-9). God allowed the powers of darkness to have their way. Jesus Himself said, “While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours (Luke 22:53).” Christ’s crucifixion opened the door to an age of God’s people suffering victoriously for the name of Jesus. Many, many martyrs have died for their faith. This has all been to God’s glory. But now we are at the end of one age and the beginning of another. There is a second appearing of the Lord that is taking place now. It is happening for those who have eagerly awaited Him as verse 28 from our text states. He is coming (appearing) in His saints (2nd Thess. 1:10). Continue reading