He Shall Appear
You will notice in the reading of these verses that three marvelous appearing of the Lord Jesus are given. In verse 24 we are told about His present appearing. It says that Jesus Christ now is appearing in the presence of God for us, that is, the presence appearing, of the Lord Jesus is before the presence of God, and the Bible says that He ever lives to make intercession for us. That's what Jesus is doing right now.
Then you will move on down into verse 26 and you will see a past appearing of the Lord. It says, "But now once, in the end of the world, hath he appeared to put away sin." Two thousand years ago the Lord Jesus made an appearance on this earth. He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, and then at the climax of His life, the Bible says that He was crucified on Calvary's cross. He appeared in the past, once to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
In verse 28 we are told about a future appearing of the Lord Jesus. We are told in that verse, "And unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." That is the future appearing of the Lord Jesus, the second appearing, the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The whole Bible can be wrapped around the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is central to all of the message of the Bible, and there are three simple statements that really summarize what the Bible has to say about Jesus.
In the Old Testament the sentence would be, "He is coming." All through the Old Testament, in prediction and in pictures, we are told the wonderful truth that Jesus Christ is coming. There we have, all through the Old Testament, the predictions. He is coming.
Then when you get to the New Testament, in particular the Gospels, the sentence which describes what you have there is that He has come. All of those books and chapters are basically saying, "Jesus Christ has come." The one the Bible predi ...
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