I’ve been thinking about the times in life when we “wait eagerly.” Perhaps you can help me add to this list –
- A young child waiting for her birthday
- The teenager waiting to get her driver’s license
- The young adult waiting for graduation day from high school or college
- The anticipated arrival of favorite relatives for the holidays
As you read the list, can you feel an emotion of expectation, passion, and great desire? Do you recall some of those moments in your own life? When I was a young girl, I was waiting for my aunt, uncle, and cousin to arrive at our house. My cousin, Linda, was older than me and she was blind. I had prepared activities for us to do together that would involve her using her hands and fingers to explore drawings I had prepared for her. I had carefully punched holes from the backside of my drawings so that she would be able to feel the raised surfaces. I was looking forward to talking with my cousin and having her experience these with me.
The book of Hebrews carefully instructs us about the superiority of Jesus Christ. He is superior to the angels, to Moses, in His priesthood, and His priestly ministry. Chapter 9 presents a wonderful summary of Christ’s sacrifice, once for all. He is not like an earthly priest who had to bring sacrifices over and over again – every, single year (see Hebrews 9:12).
“But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 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 9:26b-28
And, I love the final phrase in verse 28 – “Christ … will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” The sin has been dealt with and His return will be to save those who are waiting for Him. Am I longing with fervent desire for His return? Is my spirit intense and am I filled with great passion to see Christ?
What would this look like in my daily walk? Prayerful expression of my heart’s desire to meet Him. A morning sunrise walk where I look to the glorious clouds and joyfully imagine His appearance and worship Him. Time spent writing about His return in my journal.
We remember Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection each time we partake of Communion together. I believe another part of my worship and prayer life should include expression of my desire and longing to see my Savior, face to face. In the midst of our daily walk with Christ, let’s begin to practice eager waiting.
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” ~Revelation 22:20