Struggling With “Come Quickly, Lord Jesus”

Posted on March 11, 2020

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By David Ettinger

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The Great Promise
I have often heard prayers end with the words, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” This is based on Revelation 22:20: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

Jesus is the One who is testifying, and He promises to return to planet Earth. Inherent in this promise is that just as He came the first time to bring salvation, He will come the second time to bring full and final deliverance. To this promise, the human author of the Book of Revelation, the apostle John, gives his hearty consent.

John Speaks For Us
In saying, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus,” John is speaking for  all Christians past, present, and future. The idea he communicates is that this world is really a horrible place, what with death, murder, rape, disease, violence, cruelty, and a host of other infirmities brought on by sin.

Sin wreaks havock on this world, and will continue to do so until the establishing of the eternal state on earth (Revelation Chapters 21-22) following the Millennial (1,000-year) Kingdom in which Christ will rule (Revelation Chapter 20).

For the Christian, knowing the glory that awaits planet Earth at the return of Christ and into the eternal state, why in the world would any of us not want Jesus to return, and to do so pronto? Even nature itself waits for the banishing of sin and restoration of perfection when Christ returns (Romans 8:19-21).

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However …
But there is just one thing which keeps me from launching myself headlong into the hope that Jesus come quickly. It is the fact that when Jesus returns, He will do two primary things: 1. Rapture the Church. 2. Judge the earth and eventually cast unbelievers into Hell.

Despite well-meaning Christians who can’t accept the notion of Hell as a place of eternal punishment, it is a reality. No amount of linguistic gymnastics with Scripture can change that. The Bible is absolutely clear on this. That believers don’t like it doesn’t change the facts.

With this in mind, the fact of the near-return of the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t sit well with me. The reason is that the two people I love most in the world are not believers. My son was raised in the faith, but has not accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His son, and my grandson (3 years old), is too young to have any concept of God. Obviously, there is much to be determined regarding him.

Add to this that in 33-plus years as a believer, I have not seen a single family member come to Christ and, quite frankly, I’m not – practically speaking – all that anxious for Jesus to return anytime soon.

Me with my precious grandson Zac.

The Burning Desire
Despite this, I can’t quench the burning desire in my heart which every believer should naturally have: That Jesus return today and straighten out this mess of a planet! Yes, with all of my being I cry out, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus,” but there is a very human piece of me that says, “but not quite yet. You see, Lord, not all the work is done. Not everybody in my life is ‘in’ yet; in fact, nobody is ‘in.’”

Alas, I must remember that the “work” to be done is not my work, but His, and He will accomplish it in absolute perfection. When Abraham was pleading to the Lord for Sodom and Gomorrah, he asked, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Genesis 18:25).

The answer is a resounding “Yes. The God of Heaven and Earth and will do what is right every time. He can do nothing else!”

So, taking this to heart and praying for the salvation of our dearest loved ones, we put our complete trust in the Judge of all the earth who will always deal justly, and boldly proclaim: “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” He’ll take care of everything in His own perfect way, even if we can’t understand it.