Come quickly, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle or a young stag
on the mountains of spices.
Song of Songs 8:14 International Standard Version
So ends the Song of all Songs. With the cry of the Bride for her Lover King to come quickly.
It’s not the last time we’ll hear this cry.
Paul, in the closing of his letter to the Church in Corinth uses the word, Maranatha, which means, ‘our Lord comes.’
And John, closes his wonderful Revealing of the Lord Jesus (Revelation) with a cry and a promise that ring with this same heart.
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 wishes take the water of life without cost. … He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:17, 20 NASB
Or as we have it in the KJV – “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
We sometimes get our feet stuck in the mud of this world, and forget whose we are and where we belong.
We go about our days thinking, tomorrow this, and next week that, next year something else, and when I retire…
James told us we should consider the Lord’s will in all our plans.
Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” – James 4:15 NASB
It’s not wrong to plan and dream for the future, but what of the day where our greatest dream is the sight of our Lord’s return, ushering in that for which the world yearns, and groans.
He’s coming back.
Does your heart yearn for that day?
Is your heart crying out with the Shulamite, “Come quickly, my Beloved.”
You see, I think He’s yearning to come.
I remember the waiting before I married my wonderful Corinne. For weeks before hand I would call her (there was no such thing as email and texting) from work. Right before I picked up the phone, I would plug the numbers into my calculator, and the greet her with “In only 2,056,320 seconds we’ll be Mr. And Mrs. Nelson.” She’d giggle. But I so wanted those weeks to pass. I wanted to hear those words, “man and wife.” I really wanted to hear those words, “You may kiss the bride.”
What do you think Jesus is like in heaven? Is He looking to the Father and asking, “Can I go now? Is she ready? How long? She’s calling me. Can I go?”
The Word tells us it will be soon. SOON. What does that mean?
I’m listening to the Chronicles of Narnia these days, and there’s a scene where Lucy, asks Aslan if she will ever see Him again, and He says, “soon.” Then she asks “How long is soon?” His answer is one of those wonderful C.S. Lewis ‘Ah Ha’s. He says “All time is soon to me.”
Does your heart long to see His return, regardless of the consequences?
I know the Spirit is calling for His quick return. It’s the Spirit in the bride that causes her to make herself ready and makes her heart cry out to Him, “Come quickly, my Beloved.”
Lord Jesus, I give you permission (like you need my permission) to thwart all my plans, even the good ones, and come back soon. You can mess with my theology, and come before, during or after tribulation, or millennium. You can mess with my endeavors on every side. Just come. Please come.