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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Come, Lord Jesus!

May this be the prayer of my heart, Lord Jesus. Amen

"Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:20-21)

John responds to all he has been shown, and especially to Christ's closing promise that He is coming quickly, with an enthusiastic: "Yes, - let it be!" Can you give a heartfelt "Amen!" to that as well? Do you long for Jesus to come? You should, if you're a Christian and you know what will transpire when He returns. That is why His coming is called "the blessed hope" (Titus 2:13-14).

Many people in this world have no hope. They're filled with venom and resentment, looking forward to rotting in the ground - hopeless! Others have a false hope. They put their hope in things that aren't true. They don't have the Word of God or the witness of the Holy Spirit as we do, and their hopes will one day betray them. Then there are some who have an uncertain hope. When it comes to these Bible promises and prophecies, they may say, "Well, I hope it's all true. It sounds good."

But "hope" in the Bible doesn't mean "maybe" or "perhaps." The Bible word "hope" means "rock-ribbed assurance based on the Word of God." And as it applies to Christ's return, it means even more than that. It means "rock-ribbed assurance based on the Word of God - mixed with joyful anticipation!"

When you were a kid, did you ever get in trouble while you were out somewhere, and maybe one of your parents promised you'd be punished when you got home? Well, that was assurance, but it wasn't hope. It wasn't anything to look forward to! The Second Coming of Jesus is our blessed hope.

Thank God we can joyfully anticipate the eradication of sin, sorrow and suffering - a glorious new home where we'll dwell face to face with our Saviour - and eternal fulfillment beyond all we can imagine! May our hearts beat in agreement with John's prayer, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!"

~Adrian Rogers~

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