May 26

Revelation 22:12-14

“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” vss. 12-13

From the beginning Christian believers realized that there was a huge discrepancy between the peaceable kingdom promised by Jesus and the actual realities of life. And while they could in their faith communities experience the joy that came with loving and serving, they sensed that it wasn’t enough. The world needed a new creation, a return of Jesus to complete the transformation of society. So they loved the vision of John, and with him, prayed that Jesus would come again soon. We know that feeling. Even though there are now billions of Christians in the world, the peaceable kingdom seems only a dream. If anything, things have gotten worse–fully 100 million people have been displaced from their homes and are seeking refuge from poverty and war. Even those who have plenty of stuff find themselves gripped by a spiritual poverty that grinds away at their souls. No wonder so many are praying, “Come, Lord Jesus,” and not just as a table prayer. And what happens with the return of Jesus? Some forecast a great day of judgment with blood flowing in the streets. But others say that such a picture is inconsistent with the steadfast love of God. In fact, they say, Jesus is actually coming now, and if we look closely we will see love bursting forth in the most unexpected places.

Thought for the Day: What does “Come, Lord Jesus” mean to me?

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