He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! —Revelation 22:20
This is the last promise and the final prayer in the Bible. It’s also the last of the “red letters” in the New Testament, bringing to an end the actual spoken words of Christ in Scripture. Jesus is the one “who testifies about these things” and who promises, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” The word testifies is used in the sense of declaring or proclaiming; and the phrase “these things” encompasses the entire book of Revelation. The word quickly could mean either “suddenly” or “soon”—or both.
Three times in this chapter Jesus tells us He is coming quickly—in verses 7, 12, and 20. It’s a thrice-braided cord: Look, I am coming quickly! Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic words of this book…. Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me…. Yes, I am coming quickly.
The immediate response of John in verse 20 was: “Amen!” This is a term of agreement, meaning “so be it!” Then John offered the Bible’s concluding prayer: “Come, Lord Jesus!” This is the equivalent of the Aramaic term Maranatha. It’s a prayer for us to repeat frequently. What a tragedy that Christians seldom pray specifically for the Lord to return. Let’s start including Maranatha in our prayer vocabulary.
Think of the excitement of knowing that Jesus is returning at any moment!
In the darkest days of the Reformation in Scotland, when the hearts of the faithful were low and languishing, John Knox accepted the invitation to return to his native land. Leaving Geneva, he bravely made his way back to Scotland. According to A. J. Gordon’s book Ecce Venit, when Knox landed, word flashed across Scotland like lightning: “Knox is back.” Travelers suddenly mounted and sped into the country with the tidings, “John Knox has come.” At every cottage door the residents stood and clustered, wondering, as horseman after horseman cried, “Knox has come.” Ships departing from the harbor bore up to each other at sea to tell the news. Shepherds heard the tidings as they watched their flocks upon the hills. The whole land was moved; the whole country was stirred with a new inspiration, and the hearts of the enemies withered.”
If the coming of a mere man could so electrify a nation, think of how we’ll feel when our Lord appears in the clouds at any moment and calls us Home.
Maranatha! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The promise (in this verse) is the culmination of all promises; and the response is the sum of all living hopes. —The New Bible Commentary
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