Sunday, April 8th, 2012
Revelation 22 (Part 4, Conclusion)
I am coming quickly.
Revelation 3:11, 22:7, 22:12, 22:20 (NKJV)
Jesus precedes His first three Revelation notices of 'I am coming quickly' with the word 'Behold,' which means 'look.' In His 3:11 promise to the church of Philadelphia, Jesus encourages His faithful followers with His imminent appearance. We should look for Him with hopeful expectation.
The next two 'I am coming quickly' calls-to-action carry increasing urgency; they occur in the last chapter of Revelation.
Of immense significance are Jesus' final words to us at the end of the Bible: 'Surely I am coming quickly' (Revelation 22:20). 'Surely' means 'undoubtedly, inevitably, or without fail' (Random House Dictionary). 'Surely I am coming quickly' is an urgent admonition.
What does it mean to each of us, that 'Inevitably and without fail' our King is coming quickly, and He will 'give to every one according to his work' (Revelation 22:12)?
Surely we should repent of our sins, clean up our act, follow His commandments, get to His work, and do it well. We have no time to waste. I believe Jesus' letters to His beloved churches are the first order of big business in the Book of Revelation. We need to re-read chapters 1-3, prayerfully determine 'which church' we are, and follow His personal instructions to us.
Next, and as they say in the entertainment industry, we must hurry up and wait. We wait on the King, but not for long. And while we wait, we work. We work with diligence and passion. We play our roles to our best ability come what may. If the 'come what may' seems bad, He'll take care of it. If we persevere, He'll take care of us.
We'll end up on easy street: a street of gold in the physical Kingdom of God. According to John...
'And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever' (Revelation 22:1-5).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Revelation series.