Friday, June 25, 2010

Come, Lord Jesus


“Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)

We live in a fallen world wrecked by the curse of sin. Instinctively we know something is not right with the world but it seems the majority of people love its brokenness. Most people live to get all of this life that they can and seek their happiness in anything they desire. This was my life before my spiritual and eternal eyes were opened to life, true life. As I see the world through these eyes and read of the future glories awaiting for eternity my cry ultimately is: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Every person has inherited a sin nature through our first father Adam. We are all sinners and we are all born that way. “Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Because of sin we drink from broken cisterns (Jeremiah 2:13) thinking they will satisfy our eternal longing. We drink and drink and drink but the thirst is still there. Nothing in this sin-cursed world was ever meant to satisfy this longing. Sin has made us satisfied with not being satisfied. This is a scary place to be. But God promises to work in the hearts of those who humbly come confessing that they are empty and long to be filled eternally. Jesus tells us, “’Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:17). This is the good news of Christ taking what is broken and making it new. All of us have a longing for that to happen.

This world is not the end all. This world is falling apart and decaying and will ultimately come to an end. Every Christian ought to realize this truth and we ought to desperately long to see lives changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Often times we live like this world is it. We cling so tightly to what we love in this world rather than clinging to Christ. If you want a true test of how much you love Christ examine your heart to see what would be holding you back from crying out: “Come, Lord Jesus!” Why aren't we longing for his return? I know for me it is I love the world too much. We may say “Come, Lord Jesus!” but inside we are saying, “Not yet, Lord Jesus.” But Christian, be reminded and be reminded often, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates” (Revelation 22:14). Is your robe soaked in the blood of the Lamb who was slain on your behalf? Are you now clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God? If you are a Christian than this is true of you and we should be longing for the coming of Christ.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found.
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.


Nothing to fear for we stand at the throne covered in Christ’s perfect righteousness. May we long for the day for the New Jerusalem where sin will be no more. What a great reality to long for: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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