READ : Revelation 22:20
“Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (v. 20)
The words are multi-syllable, difficult to understand, and have been the source of heated, shall we say, “conversations” among believers for decades. The words I am referring to are premillennial, postmillennial, and amillennial. They identify the differing perspectives believers have regarding the end.
Here is another big word I would like to add to all such discussions: Maranatha. It means “Come, Lord Jesus.” Among the earliest Christian prayers was the one-word prayer, Maranatha, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
Christians have always lived with the expectation that Christ is coming again. In the midst of the disciples’ pain and confusion before the crucifixion Jesus promised, “I will come again and take you to myself” (John 14:3). Just after he ascended two white-robed men assured the disciples, “[he] will come in the same way you saw him go” (Acts 1:11).
We have always believed Christ will return. And the earliest Christians prayed for it. “Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.” This prayer ends the book of Revelation, it ends the prayer some of us pray as we come to the communion table, and it is the cry of our hearts, “Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.” Whatever else you think about the end, the one truly important thing is what our creed says about the end: “He will come again.”
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.