Webster tells us that to appoint is to "fix or set officially". We generally make our own appointments with the doctor, dentist and auto repair shop. Our sense is that we control the timing. Fitting the activity with our schedule...finding a place on our calendar...is the essence of determining when to make the appointment. We have one appointment, however, that is made for us. Last week's untimely death of Tim Russert reminded me that we have an appointment with death. We generally don't know the time of this appointment until it is upon us and it may not "fit" our personal schedules. But death comes to us all. Fortunately we have a pioneer in death who has gone through that door and demonstrated that life lies on the other side, because His death was really a sacrifice made on our behalf. There is another appointment for which we don't know the timing. Jesus is coming again!
Hebrews 9:26-28 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.