The author of Hebrews emphasizes the offer of Christ is “once for all” and is designed by God the Father “to drain the cup of a world’s sins.” Jesus comes the first time to deal with sin; the second time He comes has nothing whatever to do with sin. Instead He brings salvation “to those who await His coming.”
For some reason, I think of a dishwasher thoroughly cleaning a cup in one wash. I unloaded dishes last night. I’m not sure the reason, but the dishes were sparkling and ultra-clean. Jesus ultra-cleans the cup on His first visit to earth; at His second, He finds the cup thoroughly washed, waiting patiently ( or impatiently ) and ready for use.
and Christ was offered once for all, to drain the cup of a world’s sins; when we see him again, sin will play its part no longer, he will be bringing salvation to those who await his coming.
Jesus privately tells Peter, James, John and Andrew about the future destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. At the same time, He speaks of His return and “the beginning of the birth pains” when “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines.” Jesus also states, “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.”
Some of us seem to be hung-up on the when of Jesus’ return, even getting excited when Japan was hit by the largest magnitude earthquake ever recorded in that country. In actuality, there have always been earthquakes, famines, and wars — they are not particularly more prevalent now than in our past.
The key element upon which few seem to focus is Jesus’ emphatic statement that “the gospel must first be preached to all nations.” Missionaries are indeed located around the world, but somewhere there is a tribe — yes? — not yet reached. There are peoples who have never heard of their Savior, Jesus Christ.
Paul says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!'” (Romans 10:13-15)
Jesus commands, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)
Jesus is offered once to bear the sins of many, and He appears a second time to bring salvation to those who wait for Him. The second time He comes, He comes “not to bear sin” as He does the first time. The second time He comes, He comes with salvation completed.
Jesus suffers only once, not many times. Rather, He removes “sin by the sacrifice of Himself” and this only once. (Hebrews 9: 25, 26) This is in sharp contrast to the high priest who must enter the sanctuary “yearly with the blood of another.” (Hebrews 9: 25) Jesus offers His own blood, and He offers it only once.
The law is “only a shadow of the good things to come” and “can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.” (Hebrews 10: 1) Jesus comes to fulfill the demands of the law, and He does this only once. With Jesus’ death and shed blood, He satisfies the law’s demands. God the Father is satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice.
“Now where there is forgiveness of [sins and lawless acts], there is no longer an offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10: 17, 18)