Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Awaiting my bridegroom's return...

Last night, my husband, Dan, was supposed to have his weekly accountability group meeting. Don't get me wrong, I am elated that my husband is involved with such a great group of guys on a weekly basis, but on this particular night, I just wanted him home. I whined, I flirted, I tried everything to get him to stay, but when 6:45 rolled around, out the door he went.

Little did I know that at 7:00, the front door would open again. Accountability group had been cancelled and there was Dan with Ben and Jerry's in hand, ready to spend an evening with his bride. It was such a pleasant surprise, and I was so excited to have him home!

As I was reflecting on last night's event, I thought to myself...wouldn't it be great if I longed for Christ to return just as I longed for Dan to return last night? I think all too often I get so wrapped up in this present world that I forget about my future life with my true bridegroom, Jesus. For my he will return to spend not just an evening, but an ETERNITY, with his bride, the Church. How exciting is that?

In the last book of the Bible, John shows us how we are to long for our Savior's return. Read the Word of the Lord:

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”
“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Today, let our prayer be just that. "Come, Lord Jesus. Come."