Matthew Westerholm’s blog post Come, Lord Jesus on the website Desiring God struck a chord with me this past Sunday for I regularly pray for Christ’s return. I pray for him to return soon just as John prayed at the end of Revelation (Rev. 22:20) in response to Jesus telling him, he will return.
Jesus’ imminent return is my longing hope that fills me with excited anticipation for a time when God’s plan of redemption takes another big step towards culmination. It is one of the mysteries of faith just as we proclaim each Sunday:
Christ has died
Christ has risen
Christ will come again
During the 50 days of the Eastertide we celebrate that Christ has risen. But we also reflect on our own baptism which incorporates us into Christ’s work of salvation as we ponder the birth of the Church at Pentecost. Pentecost is when the disciples were first enlivened with the gift of the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus has promised (John 14:15-31, Acts 2). It is during this time we see the presence of God’s kingdom come to believers as the reign of Christ in our hearts and lives and in Christ’s body the church. Yet this is only one of the steps of the Kingdom of God drawing near.
It is Christ’s return that Matthew says is to be our great source of encouragement for it is to be our greatest desire, our final hope and our constant prayer!
Will you join your voices with me, in praying this beautiful, awe inspiring prayer as St. John taught and as Matthew prescribes at the end of his reflection;
As we gather as Christ’s church in corporate worship, and as we live out our faith in our neighborhoods and schools and workplaces, let us lift our eyes and voice to the Lord – beyond the plane of our many hurdles and hopes – and pray for his return.
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Amen, Come, Lord Jesus.