The Longing for His Coming

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17

When you love someone, you earnestly long to be close to the loved one. If for some reason, that person is absent, we count every second we go without her, waiting for her to return eagerly. As much as another human being loves us, no one could love us more than Jesus. He alone gave his life on a cross for you and me. But He did not remain dead, but rose, rose to heaven and promised to return. If our love for Jesus is genuine, longing for His coming should be a natural reaction in us.

One of the most popular English songs of the last quarter of the 20th century is “When I Need You.” This song was written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager and popularized in 1977 by the British singer Leo Sayer. The first stanza of the song says, “When I need you just close my eyes and I’m with you. And all that I so want to give you it’s only a heart beat away. When I need love I hold out my hands and I touch love. I never knew there was so much love keeping me warm night and day.”

The following stanza of the song says, “Miles and miles of empty space in between us. A telephone can’t take the place of your smile. But you know I won’t be traveling forever. It’s cold out but hold out and do like I do.” This song tells the story of a couple of lovers who are separated by a great distance; but who yearn to be together. He tells her what he does to feel his love closely, that he will not be traveling forever and that the phone cannot take the place of her.

And, like the story of that song, today we are the ones who love Jesus. He is not physically present with us. But if we really love Him, when we need Him, we just close our eyes and we are with Him. And everything we want to give Him is as close as a heartbeat, because He lives there. When we need love, we just have to raise our hands to heaven and touch His immense love. His love is so immense that it keeps us warm at night and day.

Today, an immense empty space separates us from our beloved Jesus. He is in heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, while we are here on earth. The telephone to communicate with Him is prayer. It is very good to converse with Him continually through prayer. But that “telephone” will never take the place of our beloved Lord coming down from heaven dressed as King to meet us. We know that He has promised to return and our greatest desire now must be that day comes when our beloved returns and we will be with Him forever.

It is painful to see that there are people who claim to be Christians and when they read in the Bible about everything that must happen in the world for Christ to come, their legs tremble. It is as if they do not want the beloved to return. Let us open our eyes and ears and join the choir: And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Let us never tire of longing for our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. Come, Lord, do not delay any longer. We yearn for you. God bless you.

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