Lord, Come Quickly

Text: Revelation 22:20

After receiving the revelation contained in the book of Revelation, John gave a final statement from Jesus: “I am coming quickly.” John then expressed his desire for Jesus to do this (come quickly). Why would John desire Jesus to come quickly? Why should we desire Jesus to come quickly? And what does it say about us if this is not our desire?

What Will Happen When the Lord Comes

  • The dead will be raised (John 5:28) – death is not permanent (cf. John 11:11-14; Matthew 9:18, 23-25); since death is not permanent, we need to prepare for what comes after death (Hebrews 9:27)
  • Everyone will see the Lord (Revelation 1:7) – His return will not be in secret; coming with a shout and a trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • Everyone will bow down before Him (Philippians 2:9-11) – even those who did not believe in Him; but then it will be too late to change our fate; now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)
  • All will be judged (2 Corinthians 5:10; John 5:28-29) – the righteous will go to their reward in heaven (1 Peter 1:4); the unrighteous will go to their punishment in hell (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10, 15)

Why We Should Desire Him to Come Quickly

  • It will be far better to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23) – Paul did not say this because he was depressed; he desired to remain as well (Philippians 1:22-23), but he knew that heaven was far better (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • He is our life (Colossians 3:4) – He is the source of eternal life (John 1:4; 11:25; 14:6); also, our identity is in Him (Galatians 2:20); we must live in this way that we are what He is
  • Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) – that is where we belong; we are strangers and pilgrims here (1 Peter 2:11)
  • The sufferings of this life will end (Revelation 21:4) – life is full of trouble (Job 14:1); with the right perspective, we can see the trials of life as Paul did (2 Corinthians 4:17)

Why Might We Hope He Does Not Come Quickly

  • We have sin we have not repented of (Hebrews 10:26-29) – if this is the case, we need to repent (1 John 1:5-7; 2:1; 2 Corinthians 13:5); we should be able to have confidence at His coming (1 John 2:28)
  • We do not want to give up the things of this life (Luke 12:16-19) – everything we enjoy in this life is from God (James 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:17); but we must never value the things of this life over our soul or heaven (Matthew 6:19-21, 33; 16:26)
  • We have not accomplished our goals in this life (James 4:13-14) – nothing wrong with setting goals, but we cannot allow our goals to consume our attention (Luke 8:14); our primary goal must be heaven (Philippians 3:14; Colossians 3:1-2)
  • We have loved ones who are not saved (Luke 16:27-28) – we naturally want them to be saved; God wants them to be saved too (2 Peter 3:9); but God has still set a deadline for them to repent (2 Peter 3:10); we must use the opportunities we have now to reach them (John 9:4)
  • Maybe, we have not yet been saved (1 Thessalonians 4:13) – if that is the case, do not delay (Acts 22:16); now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2); do not think that you are guaranteed more time later (Luke 12:19-20)

Conclusion

  • John’s desire was for the Lord to come quickly – when He comes, the faithful will be rewarded
  • If we do not share John’s desire, that should be a signal to us that we need to change
  • Let us be sure we’re ready to meet the Lord, whenever that day may be

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