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88. Pray Come Lord
Revelation 22.19-21

"And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen." (Revelation 22.19-21)

Coming Soon

Jesus with the AngelsRevelation is, above all, a book of hope but it comes with a warning, "And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and the Holy City." It warns that the Revelation manuscript should not be tampered with. Anyone who clips out phrases they don't like will lose their place at the Tree of Life. It also shows that no matter what happens on earth, God is in control. It promises that evil will not last forever and it depicts the wonderful rewards that are waiting for those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. "Pray Come Lord Jesus" is a liturgical refrain, similar to the Aramaic expression "Maranatha" or "Our Lord, come!" It is a prayer for the coming of Christ in glory. The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer 1979 has a similar refrain at Easter, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again." This is our prayer today!

Alpha Omega Amen

Alpha and OmegaJesus is referred to as the Alpha, Omega and the Amen. He is the Beginning and the End. John of Patmos says, 'Come Lord Jesus.' In the phrases, "Amen" and "Alpha and Omega" are embodied the whole idea of completeness. "Amen" is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. It is used at the end of prayers in Jewish, Christian and Muslim worship as a conclusion meaning "so be it!" "Amen" is the last word of Christ in the New Testament. The titles "Alpha and Omega" indicate that Jesus is the first in line, the "Alpha" and the last word, the "Omega." These are the first letter beginning and the last letter ending the Greek alphabet. The Hebrews used "aleph" to "tau" in a similar manner to indicate completeness from start to finish. For instance, Abraham keeps the whole Law from "aleph" to "tau." For Christians, Alpha to Omega is the sign that Jesus Christ is God's perfect historical completion in himself and requires nothing else from any other source to be finished.

Come Lord Jesus

AlphaJesus includes in himself all time, for he is the "first and the last." Jesus is also the author of all things. An old saying states, "Since God was the beginning, he received his power from no one since he is the middle, he shares his power with no one, and since he will be the end, he hands over his power to no one."

Coming Soon

Shining Glory Jesus'Yes, I am coming soon,' says the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the shining glory, the Beginning, and the End. 'Amen come Lord Jesus.' "Omega" is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and Jesus is called "the End" because there is no one after him. As the Co-Creator, Jesus existed long before David. As a human, however, he is one of David's direct descendants. As the Messiah, he is the Bright Morning Star and the final light of salvation to all.

Come Lord Jesus

"Come Lord Jesus," is the final appeal to Jesus and the last statement from John of Patmos. The day or the hour may not be known, but Jesus is "coming soon" and unexpectedly. The word "Soon" means "at any moment," and we must be ready for him, always prepared for his return. The writer says, "Come, Lord Jesus." If Jesus suddenly appears, would it catch us off guard? In a world of problems and evil, Christ calls us to endure in our faith. Our efforts to better our world are important, but their results cannot compare with the transformation that Jesus will bring about when he returns. He alone controls human history, forgives sin, and will re-create the earth and bring a lasting peace forever. Amen, come Lord Jesus. Alleluia!

"Pray Come Lord"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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