Come Lord Jesus!
Chaplain Barbara Embry
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
When is it that we mostly call for the Coming of the Lord? Not usually in periods of prosperity do we seek Him. I wonder the expectations and feeling of anxiety as they awaited the coming of the physical Lord Jesus into earth’s realm.
As His birth was being heralded, people were still performing the duties of the day, like the shepherds were keeping watch over their flock. (Mark 2:8) We are not sure of all that was happening in that time but we know that it was difficult enough that God was preparing to send the Redeemer to the earth. The wise men travelled to witness the coming of the Lord Jesus. Imagine the possibilities of need that caused the coming of His body and presence in the earth. Anna the prophetess, Phanuel’s daughter, waited in the temple for His coming. Simeon, a devout man of Jerusalem waited for His coming and death could not eliminate him until the mission was complete.
Today, amidst the turmoil and all that is happening in God’s earth, we still wait for His coming. Some of us seek His physical coming of salvation, when the eastern sky will embrace Him to our beholding. Some are seeking His arrival with the peace that surpasses their understanding and undertakings. Some will do as the wise men and travel from across years of pain and dismay awaiting His appearance. We need to see Him, some more desperately than others, so we say, “Come Lord Jesus.”
When Christ returned to heaven, He assured us it would not be long before He comes again. And while we are busy of our different stations of life, whatever labors may press us down, let us with pleasure hear our Lord proclaiming, “Behold I come quickly; I come to put an end to the labor and sufferings of my servants. I come, and my reward of grace is with me, to recompense, with royal bounty, every work of faith and labor of love. I come to receive my faithful, persevering people to myself, to dwell forever in that blissful world.” Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus. A blessing closes the whole. By the grace of Christ, we must be kept in joyful expectation of His glory, fitted for it, and preserved to it; and His glorious appearance will be joyful to those who partake of His grace and favor here. Let all add, Amen. Let us earnestly thirst after greater measure of gracious influences of the blessed Jesus in our souls, and His gracious presence with us, till glory has made perfect His grace toward us. (Matthew Henry)
In this advent season as we make ourselves ready for the earthly celebrations with family and friends, we also inwardly celebrate the goodness as we reflect on His mercies and grace. We are told to “enjoy prosperity while we can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14, NLT)
Prayer: Lord Jesus thank You for coming; thank You for coming quickly! We welcome You into Your rightful place in our lives. You are our peace in the midst of turmoil, Your comfort when all else fails, and we know that the earth is still Yours and so we thank You that we are safe in Your care. Help us to not judge according to what it appears to be, but to judge through Your Word and through Your Holy Spirit. Glory be to the father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Keep us is our prayer. AMEN!!!