"Even So Come, Lord Jesus"
Have you noticed that more and more you are hearing the people of God speaking, “Even so come, Lord Jesus”. Why? What is going on? The people of God are longing to be with Jesus in that place called Heaven where there is no sickness, no pain, no sorrow, no lack, no death; a place where the child of God will enjoy only exceeding, great joy. It appears that this place called Earth is becoming more corrupt, evil, and filled with suffering and sorrow. Now, we have the promises of God that even though there are “many afflictions…the Lord delivers us from them all” (Ps. 34:19). The Word declares that we have “the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 1:57). The promises go on, so what is the problem? We are not yet
walking in our complete salvation. Our corruptible bodies will one day be incorruptible. Death will be swallowed up in victory (I Cor. 15:53-55). The devil will no longer be seeking us with the desire to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). We will not deal with the temptation to fear, worry, or be anxious. “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see, when I look upon His face, and see the wonders of His grace…” Remember that ‘ole song? Why would we not long for Jesus’ return?
Titus 2:13 says, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” We also read, “And [how you] look forward to and await the coming of His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath [bringing punishment] which is coming [upon the impenitent] and draws us to Himself [investing us with all the privileges and rewards of the new life in Christ, the Messiah]” (I Thes. 1:10 Amp.). Wow, we have a new life to look forward to! The Lord says to us in Revelation 22:12 (Amp.), “Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit.”
I had the privilege of visiting the Isle of Patmos where John was exiled. We visited the cave where he received the Revelation of Jesus. John pinned the glorious events yet to unfold. Jesus concludes not only the Book of Revelation but the whole Bible with these Words, “Surely, I come quickly” (Rev. 22:20). Now, it may not feel like soon, but He is coming. John responds to Jesus, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”. We, the people of God, are still responding, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”.
Men prophesied that the Messiah was coming. People declared it for a long period of time. …But you know what, Jesus came as a baby born to a virgin, Mary, and her husband, Joseph. Jesus is coming again just as surely as He came the first time. We should declare it. Matthew Henry said it like this, “What comes from heaven in a promise should be sent back to heaven in a prayer, ‘Come, Lord Jesus, put an end to this state of sin, sorrow, and temptation; gather thy people out of this present evil world, and take them up to heaven, that state of perfect purity, peace, and joy, and so finish thy great design, and fulfill all that word in which thou hast caused thy people to hope!’” I say, “Amen!”
“Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him” (Heb., 9:28 Amp.) The King James version says, “…unto them that look for him.” Are you looking for Jesus? Then you will see Him soon. “Maranatha!” “The Lord Cometh” (1 Cor. 16:22).