Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:12-21)

Terrel Kesterson, November 26, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

In our text from the book of Revelation, sometimes Jesus speaks directly, and other times the
Apostle John, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is speaking. Jesus begins by saying, “Behold” –
“See!” that is, “Pay attention!” Jesus has something very important to tell us, and we need to
listen. Jesus says, “I am coming soon.” It has been almost 2,000 years since John recorded those
words, so why hasn’t Jesus come yet? Speaking of Jesus’ second coming on Judgment Day Peter
says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is
longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to
repentance. … You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall
from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace
and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:9, 17-18a). The Judgment Day
hasn’t come yet because God is giving people time to come to faith in Jesus so they can go to
heaven. Until the Judgment Day comes Jesus urges us to remain in our faith in Him so we’re
ready whenever He comes again

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Revelation 22:12-21

12Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to each man according as his work is. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have the right [to come] to the tree of life, and my enter in by the gates into the city. 15Without are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie. 16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star. 17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And he that heareth, let him say, Come. And he that is athirst, let him come: he that will, let him take the water of life freely. 18I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: 19and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book. 20He who testifieth these things saith, Yea: I come quickly. Amen: come, Lord Jesus. 21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. Amen. (ASV)

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