Come, Lord Jesus
Life in this world fills us with great concern. There are problems everywhere, be it with drugs, through immigration of strange people or due to political disputes. There are also poverty, incurable diseases and global warming. There is child pornography, human trafficking and arbitrary violence. The proliferation of nuclear weapons, wars and terrorist attacks are worrying. There doesn't seem to be a solution to this unless Jesus comes back very soon. No wonder, then, that Christians long and pray for Jesus' second coming: "Come, Jesus, come!"
Christians trust in Jesus' promised return and expect this prophecy to be fulfilled. The interpretation of biblical prophecies turns out to be quite a complicated matter because they have been fulfilled in a way that is not expected. Even the prophets didn't know. For example, they had no idea how the Messiah would be born as a baby and be both human and God (1 Peter 1,10:12). How should Jesus as our Lord and Savior suffer and die for our sins and still be God? Only when it really happened could you have understood it. But even then the educated priests, scribes and Pharisees did not understand. Instead of accepting Jesus with open arms, they seek to kill him.
It may be fascinating to speculate how the prophecies will come true in the future. But pinning our salvation to these interpretations is neither wise nor wise, especially not in relation to the end times. Year after year, self-proclaimed prophets predict a specific date for Christ's return, but so far they have all been wrong. Why is that? Because the Bible has always told us that we cannot know the time, hour, or day for these things (Acts 1,7: 24,36; Matthew 13,32; Mk.). One hears among Christians: «The situation in the world is getting worse! Surely we have been living in the past few days ». These thoughts have been with Christians for centuries. They all felt like they were living in the past few days - and strangely, they were right. "The last days" began with the birth of Jesus. That is why Christians have lived in the end times since Jesus first came. When Paul said to Timothy that "bad times will come in the last few days" (2 Timothy 3,1), he did not speak of a particular time or day in the future. Paul added that people would be very fond of themselves in the past few days and would be greedy, brutal, blasphemy, ungrateful, unforgiving, and so on. Then he warned: "Avoid such people" (2 Timothy 3,2: 5). Obviously there must have been people like that back then. Why else would Paul instruct the church to stay away from them? In Matthew 24,6: 7 we are told that nations will rise up against one another and that there will be many wars. This is nothing new. When have there ever been times without war in the world? Times have always been bad and it is getting worse, not better. We wonder how bad it has to be before Christ returns. I dont know.
Paul wrote: "But with bad people and fraudsters, the longer the worse" (2 Timothy 3,13). As bad as it gets, Paul continues: "But stay with what you have learned and what is entrusted to you" (2 Timothy 3,14).
In other words, no matter how bad it gets, we should continue to believe in Christ. We should do what we have learned and learned from Scripture through the Holy Spirit. In the midst of biblical prophecy, God always tells people not to be afraid. "Do not be afraid!" (Daniel 10,12.19). Bad things will happen, but God rules over everything. Jesus said: "I have spoken to you so that you may have peace in me. You are afraid in the world; but be confident, I have overcome the world » (John 16,33).
There are two ways to look at the words "Come, Jesus, come". One expresses the longing for Christ's return. The second, our prayer requests, in the book of Revelation “Amen, yes, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22,20).
«I entrust my heart to you and take my apartment. Help me recognize you better. Give me your peace in this chaotic world ».
Let's take more time to live in a personal relationship with Christ! Then we need not worry about the end of the world.
by Barbara Dahlgren