...So also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
The first time Jesus came, he clearly expressed his purpose for being here: For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)
He didn’t come here 2000 years ago to judge and exact punishment, but to save us all (who would believe in him) from the judgment and punishment that is to come. He didn’t walk around zapping people for their thoughts and actions during his ministry here. No, he forgave with genuine affection, and he healed with his own two hands. And he told his friends how much he looks forward to being with us again...
I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
These are beautiful words that make me feel special. He is going to bring salvation to me! That means he will deliver me from harm, ruin, and loss. And he isn’t just going to rescue me and then move on to some other project. He is going to be with me.
I have had a lot of friends come in and out of my life over the years. I know what it feels like to have someone not want to be with me anymore. And, I must say, it is a very good, warm and inviting feeling to know that I mean so much to the most important One - the Person who only truly matters.
...To all who are eagerly waiting for him... That’s me!
Thank you for making us friends by your sacrifice and forgiveness, mercy, grace, and love. I am so thankful that my salvation and my PRIZE is YOU! This morning I am looking forward to the day when I get to see you and hug you and drink with you and be where YOU are. I love you so much and my heart is so full of thankfulness and joy over the fact that you love me and want to be with me! Amen!