How many times have you heard a brother or sister say, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come!” Or perhaps you yourself have uttered this prayer in the midst of frustration or desperation? These words are the last prayer recorded in sacred Scripture; you might be surprised regarding its context.
“Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelations 22:20)
This is often the cry of exasperated Christians who are experiencing a bad day or some season of great struggle.
- Trouble at the office: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
- Difficulties in our marriage: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
- Dealing with rebellious children: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
- Sickness and disease testing the fortitude of our health plan: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
- Conflict in the church: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
- Too much month left at the end of the money: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
Does this resonate with you? However, if we take a close look at these words in Scripture, we do not see a despairing Christian wading through a day of difficulty; rather we see this prayer placed in the context of the anticipatory cry of the Bride awaiting her wedding day. John was anticipating his marriage to the Lamb of God; we are to be doing the same thing.
Wedding imagery is a prominent theme woven throughout the Bible.
Your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:5-8)
I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD. (Hosea 2:19-20)
That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7)
The power in the last prayer is located in the fact that our Prince is coming back to claim His bride for the most magnificent wedding celebration the world has ever seen. And you, Christian, are the reason for His return! We need not be anxious or uncertain about His return; nothing will keep the Bridegroom from His Bride.
When we look excitedly toward the day when we will be presented to our Bridegroom “in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that [we] might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27), our earthly travails really do pale into insignificance, and we fervently cry: “Come, Lord Jesus!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!