COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS…JUST NOT TOO QUICKLY.
My pastor recently joked about a bumper sticker that said “Jesus is coming…look busy!” Iron & Wine said “if Christ came back he would find us in a poker game.” And Joe Dirt’s mom used the return of Christ to scare her son out of spending too much time in the bathroom. It’s fairly clear that culture doesn’t have a high view of Christ’s return.
How will you feel if Jesus returns during your lifetime? What is the feeling in your gut when you read that sentence? Does that make you feel anxious, or relieved? I’ve found that our perspective on the return of Christ is a good barometer for our spiritual state. People who eagerly await the return of Christ are usually at peace with God. Those who feel anxiety about his second coming are usually spiritually restless and uneasy.
Do look forward to his coming? Like the hymn-writer are you “watching and waiting, looking above”? If we’re really honest with ourselves, I think a lot of Christians could answer “no.” When I was younger, I hated the idea of Jesus returning. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to go to heaven and all. I just wasn’t in any rush to get there. Life was good. I was busy running Power Wheels off bike ramps and sneaking around to watch the second Batman movie. I didn’t really want Jesus interfering, you know?
Maybe that’s how you feel. I admit I do sometimes. This life can be pretty good. We’ve all had those moments where we grasp so tightly to this life that we don’t want Jesus interrupting. I don’t think that makes us the devil. I think that just reveals that we just don’t know him as well as we could or should. Because if we really knew Jesus, and understood what he was offering, I think we’d be begging him to return.
The early Christians were desperate for Jesus to return. These were people that knew Jesus personally. They had seen his power directly through his miracles. Many of them had met him and heard him speak. After Christ’s ascension many of his followers were being persecuted by the Romans. As an exiled prisoner, the apostle John closed Revelation with the cry “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” When we read the letters in the New Testament, it’s safe to say that the apostles had an eager expectation of Christ’s return. Have we lost that sense of desperation?
When I was a kid we sang an old waltz hymn at church called “Jesus Is Coming Again.” I can still hear the voices swaying to the rhythm and echoing off the wood-panel vaulted ceilings: “Co-ming again! Co-ming again! Maybe morning, maybe noon, maybe evening, maybe soon…”
I hate to sound like a hokey backwoods billboard, but…“Jesus is coming!” How does that make you feel?
Be honest with yourself- if Jesus returned right now, how would you feel about that? Feel free to post honest answers in the comments…