“Come, Lord Jesus, come”; a saying passed through the ages. The last few words of the Bible in Revelation 22 have been uttered throughout each generation as the church yearns for her Saviour to return (22:17, 20). Overview: God wants to be with us – Genesis 1 and 2, and Revelation 21:3.
These words are pregnant with meaning, but what is the reality of this concept?
In the early church, believers often greeted one another with the Aramaic phrase “Maranatha” (found in 1 Corinthians 16:22). Several Bible translations have offered a definition; the word means “the Lord is coming” or “Our Lord, come”. This was a constant encouragement during time of persecution, a reminder that Jesus would return in glory. It was used by believers to fix their eyes on Jesus and on what was important.
Read Revelation 22:12-21 & Matthew 28:18-20. Highlighted verses: Revelation 22:12-13 – “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense/reward with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
““Remember what I told my disciples after my resurrection? When I spoke the words “It is finished” on the cross, it was only the beginning. My resurrection made it possible for everyone who continues believing in me to stand before me pure and holy when I return. Now I am seated at the right hand of my Father, seated with authority. I am coming back. I will return so that I can bring my faithful ones into the place that I have prepared for them. Don’t be mistaken; everyone will stand before me and be judged for your life on earth. Follow me and pursue holiness; bear fruit as you pursue the mission I gave you – I desire for everyone to be with me! I purchased freedom and life for you, my sons and daughters; what will you do with it?
“I told my disciples what to do; it wasn’t time to relax. When I revealed myself to John on the Island of Patmos, He realised the depth and gravity of my return. When I return, will I find faithfulness? I came to seek and to save the lost while I was on earth, but when I return I will come to see who has been faithful and continued trusting me. Will my Bride make herself ready? Now is the time for my Bride to prepare herself, to be devoted to me, and to continue the work that I came to the earth to begin. Upon my return I will seek those who have devoted themselves to completing my mission. Only those who have done my Father’s will can enter glory.
“I cannot wait to eat at the table with my Bride. I am longing to be with you! Don’t waste your life seeking things that don’t fulfil you. Look toward the end goal; look at all the riches you will receive when I bring you to myself. There will be no more pain, no more suffering. You will be with me forever. Those situations that brought you fear and anxiety will be swallowed up and will be no more.”
We will stand before our King on that Day, and my prayer is that He will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master.” The desire of our hearts will be completely satisfied in Him. May we long for His coming; may it fill us with inexpressible joy and hope! And may we be ready to meet Him face to face. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Questions for reflection:
- What do you understand by hearing that we must bear fruit for God’s mission?
- What feeling does the knowledge of Jesus’ swift return give you?
- How are you living each day knowing that He will return?
- What are the riches that Jesus promises us?
- How can you encourage others around you to stand firm and set their eyes on the mission?
- Think of two people that you can encourage today to grow closer to the Lord.