See, the day of the LORD is coming
—a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate
and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations
will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened
and the moon will not give its light.
I will punish the world for its evil,
the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty
and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
I will make man scarcer than pure gold,
more rare than the gold of Ophir.
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;
and the earth will shake from its place
at the wrath of the LORD Almighty,
in the day of his burning anger.
In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, O LORD.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
In that day you will say:
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
The Lord is the source of judgment and wrath… and the source of salvation. He is going to punish the world for its sin, evil will be done away with and people will be destroyed. People will also be saved! His anger will be turned away – He has become our salvation.
How is God the source of wrath and salvation both? His position opposed to sin is consistent and never changes because of His holiness. Salvation comes because He sent Jesus who willingly died an undeserved death for the sins for all who would call on His Name.
…but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so 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.
Jesus brings salvation (past, present and future). He brought me salvation in the past when He died on the cross, saying ‘it is finished!’ I was saved back in 1977 when I accepted His gift to me and was baptized into Him.
I am being saved in the present. The life of Christ lived out through me this day is saving me from the sin and corruption of the world. The ways of this world are opposed to the very nature of God and are bringing about God’s judgment (Romans 1).
I will be saved ultimately when Jesus comes again – not to bear sin (He did that the first time), but to bring salvation for all who are waiting for Him.
Holy God, You are my salvation. I will sing for joy for what You have done. Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save. Holy Spirit, thank You for saving me this day. I yield to Your will for my life and will follow hard after You. Jesus, thank You for one day coming back for me! I am waiting for You.