The book of Revelation is the last revelation from God given to us in His Word. It tells of the end of this world. It tells about the natural end of sinful people living out their rebellion against God. It tells of God’s final acts bringing perfect justice to this world. It is a revelation filled with some things hard to understand, and yet the flow of the book is unmistakably clear: things are going to get really, really bad on this God-hating world, but God will fix it all.
But it is really the last words in this closing book that speak volumes to us who know the Lord and know His plan for this sinful world. This is how the book of Revelation ends, how the entire written Word of God concludes:
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”Revelation 22:20-21 (ESV)
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
No matter how bad it can possibly get, there are three unchanging realities about this life.
- Jesus is coming and said so Himself
- Believers can’t wait for Him to come
- The grace of Jesus is with us all in the meantime
No matter how disastrous our circumstances might get, our Lord Jesus will come for us. Live with that anticipation each day. Wake up each day, looking up at the sky every day, and realise “Maybe today!” Go to bed each night praying as John did, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Throughout the day, live with the enablement that comes from the Lord Jesus as you submit yourself to His will for every part of your day.
Just like sitting on the porch waiting for grandparents to arrive will drive even the most patient child crazy with waiting, but baking their favourite cookies makes the time fly by, so fretting over this world drives us crazy as we wait for Jesus to come, but employing Jesus’s daily grace to live under His Lordship keeps anticipation alive and well.
The last words for this world is that Jesus is coming; He said so Himself. We live in eager anticipation for Him to come. The grace of Jesus is with us all in the meantime. Hallelujah, Amen!