For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. 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 9:24-28)
Oh, Jesus, thank you. Thank you for putting away sin by your sacrifice. Thank you for removing the guilt of my sin. Thank you for being my High Priest forever. Thank you that you are eternally in the presence of God on my behalf — and that now, through you, I am included, invited, and welcomed into the presence of God. Thank you. My heart and my mouth will thank you all the days of my life!
And thank you for the second part of the promise — that you will come again and in that coming my salvation will be made complete. My salvation will be fulfilled, perfected. For you will come to save those who eagerly wait for you.
Lord Jesus, I love my life on this earth. And I live joyfully welcomed into the presence of God, even as I live here and have to access it by faith. But all the while, under my joy and love for life, I have a longing. I long for the New Earth. I long for the day mentioned here when you will come a second time to complete our salvation, when I will at last see you and our Father face to face. Oh, I do eagerly wait for that day.
So, for today, I’ll live firmly rooted in you. And at the same time I will keep an eye out, looking ahead, eagerly watching for you to come.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!