Sometimes words echo throughout history. Followers of Jesus have repeatedly cried out “Come, Lord Jesus.” It has been a consistent refrain. But it’s not one I hear often as I survey Australian Christianity today. However this short phrase is one of the most significant things we can ever say.
The oppressed know the cry “Come, Lord Jesus.” The persecuted church utters it. The sick know the power of this cry. The mentally ill understand these words bring hope. But by and large followers of Jesus today have forgotten these words. Why?
Maybe we have forgotten the depths of our situation. Generally life is pretty good for most people. Have we forgotten our need for Jesus to come? The oppressed haven’t. They see their need for Jesus to come back because of their circumstances. But let’s face it, it’s easy to forget our own brokenness. Because our circumstances are ok, we aren’t desperate for our brokenness to be set right. In other words, we don’t really see our lives needing Jesus’ intervention daily.
“Come, Lord Jesus” – The Cry
“Come, Lord Jesus” roots itself in the conclusion of the Book of Revelation. Its very image is the disparity between our world and that of Jesus’ return. In particular Revelation 21 gives a hugely powerful image.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away … I am making everything new!””
The natural expression when we realise our world is not whole is wanting Jesus to come. It is a way of saying there must be more. It helps us realise that Jesus is working at all times to bring justice. When we lose this cry we either miss seeing our brokenness, or we don’t look to Jesus as the solution.
Why Cry “Come, Lord Jesus”
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have questions. Everyone experiences pain. We suffer. We don’t hear the answers we need. The cancer is back. The bank is foreclosing on your mortgage. Your child has cut you out of their life. Can’t you just hear the questions?
Questions can lead us to this passage. When you ask “Where are you God?” He answers that he is making his dwelling place with people. “How long, O Lord?” he says, “I am making all things new.” When our grief leads us to ask God why, he tells us of a day when there will be no more mourning, tears, sickness or death. There is nothing wrong with these questions. They lead us to see Jesus. People are led to want Jesus to come.
So, we cry out “Come, Lord Jesus.” We see our brokenness. Our questions help us grasp God’s vision. Jesus is the restorer of all things and we look forward to when he will make all things new.
When did you last say “Come, Lord Jesus”?