But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:26–28, NIV 1984).
My Musings – He came to earth the first time to do what no one else could do. or would do. “Once for all. To take away the sins of many.” He will come again. For “those who are waiting for him.” Those who have accepted His free gift of salvation. “Destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” but not condemnation. And those who have not accepted His free gift of salvation? Also “destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” and condemnation. This need not be. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16–18, NIV 1984). But, “if you do not believe that I [Jesus] am the one I claim to be [Savior and Lord], you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:24, NIV 1984). If you’re not “waiting for Him,” that is what awaits you.
My Advice – Are you waiting for Him? The salvation He brings is only for those who have believed. Do you believe? If so, all you need to do is receive Him. For believing, without receiving is insufficient. For, “to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12–13, NIV 1984). That’s what it means to be born again. We are all “destined to die once,” but not all will die a second death. Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.