Topic: He Is Coming Again! [Thursday May 21, 2015]

Text: Hebrews 9:24-28

Key Verse: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).

A part of worship service in Israel in the Old Testament times entailed the entering of the holy place of the sanctuary once in a year by the high priest. He would go in with blood sacrifices for the atonement of his sins and those of the people. It was a reverential function which only he could perform, after purging himself of his transgressions and fulfilling all the conditions laid down by God. He risked swift judgment of death if he faltered.

So, the Israelites anxiously waited for the reappearance of their high priest from the inner sanctuary where he had gone to intercede for them. They prayed he would be back to signal the accomplishment of the work of atonement for their sin in this once-a-year affair.

This is symbolic today of the true believers’ wait for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our High Priest Who after sacrificing Himself for us has entered into the heavenly places. He is our Advocate on the right side of God, pleading for us. We are waiting for His reappearance, just as the Israelites looked forward to the return of their high priest from the Holy of Holies.

Under the New Covenant, we are enthusiastically looking up for the rapture, when Jesus would come again and take us from the world to heaven and effect our complete salvation. True, we have salvation already through Christ’s work on the cross at Calvary. But we need the perfection of the salvation operation (Philippians 3:20,21).

Genuine believers in Jesus Christ ought to engage themselves in prayers and evangelism in preparation for this great Second Coming of our Lord to consummate our salvation. This is the high-point of our faith in and allegiance to Him.

Bible in One Year: Ruth 1-2

Thought For the Day: Jesus is coming again only for those preparing for Him.

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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