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"For we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not of ourselves."


Bible open in heart shape

Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.

So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.

Hebrews 9:27-28
"His Second Appearance"

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. (ESV)

1 Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
2 Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
3 Say the Lord's Prayer.
4 Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer.
5 Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
6 Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
7 Reread it.
8 From memory, determine the central points.
9 Death is appointed to us, but not the moment of death.
10 We will face a judgment, whether believer or not, and we will either hear, "Depart from me" or "Enter into the joy of your rest." (See Mt. 7:21-23 & Mt. 25:21-23.)
11 These are bed-rock facts.
12 Jesus' offering was already made on the cross.
13 Sacrifice is part of the core of many religious teachings other than Christianity. Most of these are distorted into magical forms, but the sacrifices of our Old Testament prefigure what Jesus would do on the cross.
14 Notice the "many." It is many not "all."
15 His second appearance is different from the first but based on the first appearance, the incarnation of the Word.
16 The second appearance is to save, finally and completely.
17 A mark  of conversion is a looking forward to the return of Jesus, here described as "eagerly waiting."
18 This defines our present experience: we are eagerly waiting.
19 Look into your heart and mind to affirm this is so with you.

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Last Update: 2015-04-24 13:51