“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Rev. 22:12-17 ESV)
As we approach Thanksgiving, the stores, in so many ways, say “Come.” “Come and buy for a good price. Come get the best new toy for the lowest price. Come, use our layaway. Come, and make everyone on your list happy!” The Christmas decorations are already up all around us. The world says, “Come, come Christmas, you generic holiday of cheer. Come presents and holly and jingle bells. Come fun and vacation. Come lights and come Santa!” And we say come: “Come Baby Jesus, sweet and cuddly little Jesus. Come ‘Silent Night’ and our favorite carols. Come our favorite story from Luke 2. Come family time and Christmas trees. Come creches and Christmas lights. Come presents.”
But on Sunday, as she enters into the season of Advent, the season of preparing for the Second Coming, the Church will say, “Come, Lord Jesus.” The Bride will say to her Bridegroom,” Come.” The Church will beg for Christ to come once again. Not as a Baby meek and mild, but as Lord of heaven and earth. The Church will say, “Come Mighty Conquerer and finally crush the evil one. Come Righteous one and put an end to the unrighteous and their hideous deeds. Come Mighty One to vindicate your people. Come. Come.”
Even as the Church begs her Lord to come, she remembers that He has come as one born of woman to redeem all who ever have been and ever will be born of woman by growing older, living, dying and rising. She remembers that He comes continuously to His people. He washes their robes in His very own blood and He quenches their thirst with the waters of life that flowed from His pierced side. He promises to come again to fulfill all things and to answer our pleas. When He comes again our thirst will be finally quenched, we will be vindicated, and we will look on our great and mighty Lord not with fear and trembling, but with joy and peace because we know that He came in grace and mercy for us. May God bless your Advent as you wait in hope on the Lord and bid Him “Come.”
Lord Jesus Christ, we bid You come quickly to vindicate Your people, save the lost, and raise us to new life in Your name. As we wait on You, grant that we may ever take comfort in the places where you already come to us — in Word and Sacrament. Keep us safe in the Church as we continue to receive Your gifts and proclaim Your name to a world that does not yet know how to plead, “Come, Lord Jesus.” We pray this in Your name, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
- Did you miss last week’s Eurasia Blog Wednesday Devotion? Read it today!
- Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, missionaries, supporters, family and friends. Whether at home or abroad, whether you celebrate tomorrow or this weekend, whether you eat turkey or an exotic dish in your current home country, we hope that your Thanksgiving is blessed!
- Next week begins a series on Advent hymns chosen by the missionaries of the Eurasia Team. These will include audio! Please keep checking back to see devotions on “Savior of the Nations, Come,” “Hark the Glad Sound, The Savior Comes,” “Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”