READ : Revelation 22:6-20
The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” (v. 20)
Think of this, friends. Three times in the Bible’s final chapter the risen Lord assures
his people, “I am coming soon.” What are we to make of this, nearly 2,000 years after the
New Testament was written? There were mockers already in the first century who jeered,
“Where is the promise of his coming? . . . All things continue as they were” (2 Peter
Peter answered in this way: “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, but is longsuffering .
. . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” One
reason for the delay: amazing, longing grace. He tarries because of the wonder and
wideness of his love.
But why then did Jesus say repeatedly that it would be soon? Is there value, do you
suppose, for every generation of Christians to think during their lifetime that it might
be soon? I think so. I think he has arranged for that because what he wants in us is not
curiosity about the future, not rash predictions, but alertness, readiness for his return.
His major challenge to you and me is “keep awake!” The last great day may be soon, sooner
than we think, sooner surely than when we first believed. There’s more and more reason,
with every passing day, to pray John’s magnificent prayer.
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!