31st March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!
Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
We established in yesterday’s devotion, that, the coming of Christ for His Church is a certainty and non-negotiable; He will surely come, as He has promised. No one knows the day or hour of His coming, but we must expect and joyfully anticipate that day.
As we wrap up our discussion on “The Believer’s Hope”, it’s important we identify what the Church must do in response to Christ’s statement, that, “Surely, I am coming quickly.” The latter part of our theme Scripture says, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” “Amen” means, “Let it be!” In other words, Jesus says, “Surely, I am coming quickly” and Apostle John was inspired by the Holy Spirit to say, “Let it be!” Then, he added, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” What Apostle John said in response to Jesus’ statement, is an inspiration by the Holy Spirit for all generations. We are to correspond by saying the same thing, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
There are times certain believers hear messages about Christ’s coming, and they go like, “Oh, Jesus, please wait, let me also marry before you come” or “Please, Jesus, wait a little while, let me also enjoy the good things of this life.” Such statements are borne out of complete ignorance of what awaits us when Christ shall come. There’s nothing wrong with getting married or enjoying the good things of this life, but if that is the reason why anyone would think Christ should tarry, that would be a myopic view of our hope in Christ.
Generations have come and gone; many believers have lived in joyful anticipation of Christ’s coming, but eventually died. The generation of believers who will catch the revelation and re-echo what the Holy Spirit inspired Apostle John to write down for us, that is the generation that will be alive when Christ shall come. So long as we remain indifferent and unenthusiastic about Christ’s coming, we may miss the opportunity to be alive to see that day. Yes, a believer who dies in Christ will rise first when Christ shall come; but God’s method for taking us home is by life, and not by death. God is waiting for a generation of believers who are not looking for death before they go to heaven, but are looking for Christ’s coming. Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV) says, “ And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Did you see that? Christ will not appear to every believer just because we happen to be around; He will appear to those WHO LOOK FOR HIM! The Scripture says, “...UNTO THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM SHALL HE APPEAR THE SECOND TIME without sin unto salvation.”
I pray that this generation will catch the revelation and initiate a revival across the globe, exhorting one another to respond to Jesus, saying, “Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!”