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Come Lord Jesus!

July 14, 2016

Many Christians have watched the evening news and sighed, “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus.” Many Christians have received bad news and thought, “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus.” The apostle John concludes the book of Revelation with the words, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” These words are John’s amen to the book of Revelation. Come Lord Jesus is the believing heart’s cry of agreement and longing. This longing for Jesus’ return must exceed the desire to escape the troubles of this life. The Christian must long to flee this life because he loves His Savior and His God more than life.

Jonathan Edwards said, “The enjoyment of (God) is our proper happiness, and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasont accomodations here: better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but God is the substance.”

Paul said, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with ahnds, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)

The return of Jesus will deliver Christians from the depravity of this world, the misery of sin, the corrupted physical body and the tragedies of life. These good things ought not be the believer’s prime motivation in longing for Jesus to come. A mind that thinks like the New Testament longs for the return of Christ because it loves Jesus far more than life itself. The disciple of Jesus should have long ago broken his attachment to the things of this life. The Christian’s affections should already be on things above. If your life is in Christ; if Jesus is your supreme, all-encompassing love; if you desire the glory of God above all else; if you long for the vindication of God’s righteousness then you will desire the return of Jesus for His sake. Going to heaven is very cool. Seeing Jesus is infinitely superior.

The supremacy of the glory of Jesus over any benefit the Christian gains at death is evidenced by the eternal praise found in Revelation. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11) “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain and ahst redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” (Revelation 5:9) “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12) “Blessing and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.”(Revelation 5:13) “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Revelation 6:10) “Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.”(Revelation 6:12) “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship beforethee; for thy judgments are made manifest.” (Revelation 15:3-4) “Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unot the Lord our God: for true and righteous are his judgments.” (Revelation 19:1-2)

No where does the Bible describe the saints in heaven as praise God because their knees don’t hurt anymore or because they have had a wonderful reunion with their lvoed ones. The saints praise God because God is the only thing in heaven worth praising. Everything else is secondary. Look for the return of Jesus because He alone is worth looking for.

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