Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for him

Hebrews 9:24-28

24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, 28so 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.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you settle into the breath, notice how Christ carries the burden of your sin.
  • What do you notice in your body as you consider the sacrifice of Christ?
  • What feelings or words describe this?
  • Christ will come again to save those who are waiting for him.
  • How are you eagerly waiting for Christ?
  • What do you notice in your body as you consider the saving grace of Christ?
  • What feelings or words describe this?
  • Draw a line between the two places in your body: Christ the sacrifice and Christ the savior.
  • Consider how you live between these two places.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 11, 2018, the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
Psalm 127:1-5
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

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