Hebrews 9:27-28 Are You Waiting For Him?

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28

Every person on the earth knows that their time on earth is limited and that there is coming a day when they will die. For most people this brings about fear. They do not know what to expect after death.

In not knowing what to expect, they live in fear of death and the future.

The author of Hebrews points out how everyone is destined to die, but points to a future hope that some will have. Anyone who is waiting for Christ’s return, is looking forward to the salvation He will bring.

Although believers will die, just like every other person on the earth, they can have a completely different view of death then every one else. The believer who understands the forgiveness and grace of Jesus, will have a hope that no one else can understand or know.

Their hope is in knowing the purpose Jesus forgave them of all of their sins. That very purpose is to save them and bring them into heaven to live eternally with God.

In order to gain that salvation, one must believe and be waiting for His return. There are some in the church who claim to believe, but are working to earn their salvation, not trusting Jesus. Others are living a double life, going to church on Sunday, but living like the world the rest of the week. These are people who are not waiting and looking for His return.

Everyone who is not waiting for Jesus, will miss Him when He does return.

When Jesus died and rose again, He did that so that you may know His love, forgiveness and receive the salvation He will provide. It was not just for everyone else, but you also are included.

As you live your temporary life here on this earth, do not forget to keep watch and waiting for His return. Know that as you trust and wait for Him, He will return some day to complete the salvation that He started in you.

You have the hope of eternal life in you, don’t quit waiting for its completion.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know the hope of salvation Jesus will bring; that you will patiently wait for His return; and that you will live in hope of eternal life with God some day.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Encourage Words For Each Other

Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18

All over the world there are messages of doom and gloom. There is sickness, pain, suffering, wars, disasters, death and more. With all of these things, there appears to be no hope with only a future of death.

The world is in a panic mode trying to solve the issues of the world dying. Despite all their solutions, they are still failing to gain the peace that they are seeking. No one is able to encourage anyone else, because there is no lasting hope that is available doing things the way the world does.

Paul tells the people to encourage each other with the words he has given, that there is a hope that is eternal.

As the world does not understand death and fears death, the believer does not have to fear death. Even all the suffering that the world fears, the believer does not have to fear it.

Every person will have times of suffering in his life, whether he is a believer or not. And with the exception of two people, every person will ultimately face death some day in his life, whether he is a believer or not.

The difference for a believer is that he has hope in either circumstance. One can know that despite the painful suffering in the moment, it will come to an end. He can also know that death is only the doorway into eternal life.

There will come a day when Jesus returns and takes all who have believed in Him to heaven with Him, removing all pain and suffering for the rest of eternity.

As believers, each one should encourage each other with these words, that there is a future hope, no matter what the world is saying.

Recognize in your own life that there will be problems and sufferings as long as your are alive on this earth. There will also be death all around you and one day will include you.

Instead of living in fear of the suffering and death, live your life for God. Be encouraged, knowing that all of these things are temporary. Death may take you today, but Jesus will come to give you back eternal life.

As you are encouraged by these words of hope, be an encouragement to others. Remind them of what they have or can have in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will be encouraged by knowing the future you have with God; that you will encourage others with the hope of eternal life with Jesus; and that you will look forward to an eternal life with God.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 The Most Important Information

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

At times, in different situations, there is certain information that is of the utmost importance to those involved. That information is put to the forefront, on the headlines, because someone needs to know about it. It is imperative to know in order to accomplish a task or to prevent something.

Often when someone hears that some information is very important, they will listen. Only the fool will refuse to listen to very important information.

Paul said that the first thing that he wants to pass on to the people, that is of importance is the death and resurrection of Jesus. He also points out that this occurred as prophesied in the Scriptures.

Every believer has one piece of information that is imperative for them to believe in. That information is the death and resurrection of Jesus.

What Jesus did is the focal point of what it means to be a believer. He had to die and raise from the dead in order for the sins of anyone who believes in Him to be removed.

If Jesus had died and not rose again, then He would not have been able to remove the sins of anyone. If Jesus had not died at all, then everyone would have to remain in sin, because the wage of sin is death.

One of the most important pieces of information that every believer must share when witnessing is that Jesus died and rose again. If this is not passed on, all the rest of what Jesus taught is meaningless, there is no longer any purpose for a believer to believe anything.

As a believer, you must believe that Jesus died and rose again. This can give you strength and hope for your future, while going through difficult times. It is knowing that no matter how difficult today is, there is hope for tomorrow.

You may be dying today, but in a short time you will be raised to a new life. Jesus came to give life and is able to give it, because of what He did.

As you share the gospel message, this is to be of first priority to every person it is shared with. Let people know what Jesus did.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did; that you will focus your life on what Jesus did for you; that you will find strength and hope in Jesus for your future; and that you will be a witness of what Jesus did.

Mark 2:14 Leave The Past And Follow

As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. Mark 2:14

People often do not like major change in their lives. They like things to always remain the same. Many, however, will jump onto something new and popular, often because everyone else is doing it.

A new fashion fad comes out being promoted by some famous person, and suddenly everyone is doing it. They are quick to drop the old ways for the new fashion.

As Jesus was walking along one day, He goes up to Levi and tells him to follow Him. Levi immediately gets up, leaves his work and follows Jesus.

While many people are quick to change ways and follow a new fad in this world, it is not as popular with following Jesus. He is still going around telling people to follow Him.

Many do not want to follow Jesus, because it means major change. In order to follow Jesus it means one has to leave his past behind, get up and follow Him. One is not to hold onto the past and say they are following, staying in sin and sinful ways, but to leave it all behind.

Just as Levi got up and left behind a lucrative business, people are to leave behind the things of this world to follow Jesus. This may or may not mean a change of a job, but it does mean leaving sin behind. It will mean a change in activities and friends. It is going wherever Jesus is leading, with no questions being asked.

God will always lead a person on a new path, when he begins to follow Jesus. This path is a new path of a full, abundant life that goes into eternity.

Jesus is also calling you to follow Him on the path He has for you. It is more than just words, but will require some change and sacrifice upon your part to follow Him.

God does not call you to follow without some change. You cannot stay where you are, physically, emotionally or spiritually, and still follow Jesus. You have to get up, leave the past behind and follow Him. Become the new creation God is making you to be.

Are you willing to follow Jesus today? Or will you stay where you are in this fallen world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s call to follow Him; that God will give you strength and direction to leave your past behind to follow Him; and that you will know all God has for you.