20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
"I Am Coming Soon" = NIV
"I Am Coming Quickly" = King James & NASB
"I Am Coming Suddenly"
1. The Spirit Says Come
The Holy Spirit is a matchmaker. His desire is to kindle a deep love in our hearts for Jesus Christ.
He convicts us of our sin
He points us to Jesus Christ.
He reveals to us the Salvation we can have in Christ.
He fills our hearts with love for God.
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
As the Holy Spirit builds that love for Jesus in our hearts, we begin to long for His appearing.
2. The Longing Bride Says "Come."
Those who love Jesus and are born again are His bride. A bride full of love longs for her Groom.
Song of Solomon 3:1-3
1 All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. 2 I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him. 3 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. "Have you seen the one my heart loves?"
Are we longing for Christ to come soon?
Why not? Could it be that the modern American church is like the church at Laodicea?
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm-- neither hot nor cold-- I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
We've got other loves, other interests. We've become so rich in worldly things that we've become lukewarm toward Christ.
We're looking at the "gift," not the "giver."
We want salvation, but have no great desire for the Savior.
Our Blessed Hope
The joyful and personal element in what we call the "blessed hope," the return of Christ to earth, seems to be altogether missing in our day.
If the tender yearning is gone from the advent hope there must be reasons for it, and I think I know what they are.
One is simply that popular fundamentalist theology has emphasized the utility of the cross rather than the beauty of the One who died on it. The saved man's relation to Christ has been made contractual instead of personal. The "work" of Christ has been stressed until it has eclipsed the person of Christ, and what He did for me seems to be more important than what He is to me!
Redemption is seen as an over-the-counter transaction that we "accept," and the whole thing lacks emotional content. We must love someone very much to stay awake and long for His coming, and that may explain the absence of power in the advent hope even among those who still believe in it.
History reveals that times of suffering for the church have also been times of looking upward. Tribulation has always sobered God's people and encouraged them to look for and yearn after the return of their Lord. God will wean us from the earth some way - the easy way if possible, the hard way if necessary! A. W. Tozer