Come Lord Jesus
Stuck on the island of Patmos because of his fervent preaching of the gospel, the Apostle John received a vision from God and authored the book of Revelation. At the end of the book, John calls his audience to live their lives remembering that Jesus is coming soon. His words are sobering. He writes,
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 each one 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! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
The song, Come Lord Jesus, echoes the fervency found in the book of Revelation. This song calls the church to be the church. It reminds us that the people who make up the church can quickly slide into one of two traps. The trap is when we decide that the fight against sin is too difficult, so we're not even going to try anymore. Instead, we organize our lives in a way that we think manages or sin and keeps the really "big" sins at bay. Or, conversely, the second trap is when we grab all of our Christian friends and "hide" from all of the evil in the world (forgetting that we ourselves are sinners). Both of these traps go against the hope found in Christ. God's command is that we call back the sinner and wake up the saint. Both ideas can only be fulfilled if we have genuine relationships with Christians and with those who are not yet Christians. The reminder and hope that Christ will "even so come" motivates us to fight the good fight and finish the race.
Current Set List
- Listen to our April 19, 2015 setlist this here.