Living Word Lutheran Church, Moses Lake, WA (livingwordml) wrote,
Living Word Lutheran Church, Moses Lake, WA
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Coming Soon!                                                                                                                                                                                                     10.02.2021  

             

He who testifies to these things says,
“Surely I am coming soon."  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 22:20

                  We have come to the end of the task that I set before myself -- to examine all of the "Truly I say unto you" passages from the New Testament. In all of these statements we have looked at, Jesus reverses the Jewish worship order. The "Amen" in Jewish worship normally comes as the closing "this is most certainly true" statement from the people as they hear and accept the Word of the Lord from the Lord himself or from his priests and prophets. By making an emphatic "Amen" or "Amen, Amen" the first word out of his mouth, our Lord Jesus and those who recorded his words are telling us to pay attention and remember what follows immediately. It is my true hope that you have found this exercise as enlightening and edifying as I have. Thanks to all for your encouragement and feedback as I have endeavored to finish this task.

          I felt it was only fitting to close this effort with one last statement from Jesus found outside the Gospels.  While not a "truly" statement, it is an emphatic one from our Lord that bears repeating, remembering, and contemplating.  After shepherding the author John through a series of apocalyptic visions and scenes, the Lord closes with this statement, "Surely I am coming soon."  And our response is Amen, just as any other worshiper would respond to the word of the Lord.

          Hearing this word from Jesus, our first thought may be to doubt the truthfulness of what is said.  It has been nearly 2000 years since Jesus ascended into heaven in the sight of his disciples.  Two thousand years is a long time -- to us.  But what is 2000 years to an eternal being?   2 Peter 3:8 reminds us "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."  So with an eternal notion of time, we can say that Jesus ascended 2 days ago.  "Returning soon" takes on a whole different layer of meaning when we think in terms of eternity.  If one thousand years equals one day in an eternal mindset, perhaps we should allow the Lord at least a week (7000 years) before giving up on his returning soon!

          The Lord will return when and where he wills.  He has promised.  He does not lie (Psalm 118).  So when Jesus states, "Surely, I am returning soon," we can respond  "Amen [truly], come Lord Jesus."

          Remember we belong to Him -- forever -- Amen.

          Pastor Lou

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