by Richard Mansel, managing editor
John was witness to the most stirring vision ever given to man. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is an astounding document of the power of God, the depravity of sin, the exultation of victory through Christ and the inexpressible glories of heaven.
John closed his thoughts by saying,
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21, NKJV).
Having seen the land of glory, he could no longer walk among the graves of the doomed. His heart swelled with new vistas where there was no death, darkness or decay (Revelation 21:4). He was now a prisoner on earth (2 Corinthians 5:1-8).
We were not standing with John when the universe was overturned and reality was disassembled by the finger of God. Sadly, we cannot even imagine what he saw or the sweet taste it left on his tongue.
As students of God’s Word, we are left with the descriptions, promises and hope that heaven will be beyond our feeble imaginations. By faith, we know that we will walk the streets of gold, breathless at the majesty of God’s home unfolding before our eyes (Romans 8:1; Hebrews 11:1,6).
We don’t see the apparatus of heaven as John did. We just see the bitter realities of this cruel existence. When we open our minds to what God has planned for his children, we become restless on this dying sphere.
- When death visits our loved ones, we cry “Come, Lord Jesus!”
- When innocent babies are aborted, we cry “Come, Lord Jesus!”
- When the face of evil rises before us, we cry “Come, Lord Jesus!”
- When we see children murdered, we cry “Come, Lord Jesus!”
- When violence tears apart our lives, we cry “Come, Lord Jesus!”
- When disease and despair savage our existence, we cry “Come, Lord Jesus!”
- When sin tears our loved ones from our arms, we cry, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
The world we inhabit is beautiful and aspects of this life are joyful but the awareness of heaven is like fire in our bones and we cannot stay here any longer.
Come, Lord Jesus!