In this series, we have asked the members of Freshley staff to choose a verse close to their heart and write on what they believe God is saying through it.
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” [Revelation 22:20]
This is the next to last verse in the Bible. Out of the millions of words that are in the Bible, God chose to speak these at the very end of the most important book in the world: “Surely I am coming soon.”
How often do you live like this? How often do you live according to the reality that one day very soon you will bow before the throne of your Creator? The reality is that these words were given to the Apostle John to record nearly 2,000 years ago, yet Jesus has not returned. And that often leads us into a lifestyle of complacency because we are so far removed from the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. But Jesus said He was coming soon!
We must remember the words of His good friend Peter: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2 Peter 3:8).” The only way to faithfully walk with the Lord is to surrender our understanding of time. For the Lord, His coming soon is a promise that we are meant to live by. Every day is meant to be lived as though it is the day of our Lord’s return. Look at the end of v. 20. John cries out in prayer, “Come, Lord Jesus!” John so eagerly desired for the Lord’s return that He couldn’t help but agree with Jesus’ promise.
When we really encounter God’s goodness and love, it should usher in a gratitude for His grace and Spirit freely given to us. And it should stir in us a holy passion for the return of Jesus. Not a “get me out of this world” mentality, but a “Jesus you have always been everything, you will always be everything, and I desperately await the moment that I get to meet my Savior face to face” mentality. It’s when you’re so consumed with God’s love that your Spirit within you shouts, “Yes!! COME, Lord Jesus!” If it’s right now, if it’s three decades from now, or if it’s thousands of years from now, it doesn’t matter. I just want you, Jesus. We will never know the time until it comes, but we should so eagerly expect His return every day so that when it comes we rejoice upon its arrival.
Revelation 22:10 says, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.” The promise of Jesus’ return has yet to be consummated. God knows the time is near, and we must choose to believe the same. Our distance from the time of the New Testament will tempt us to not live for eternity, but you must “hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.” (Revelation 3:11). Hold fast to your faith in Jesus today so that you may enjoy Him forever.
Jesus, I eagerly await and expect your return. Teach me what matters for eternity and what does not. I want to receive Your love in a way that convinces me of Your return. Come, Lord Jesus!