Our sermon text at my Field Ed church this past Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent 2013 (Series A in the 3 year LCMS lectionary), was Revelation 22:20.
I have previously and recently written on this verse regarding the end times; as a refresher here it is (ESV): “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
The sermon was very good, and is appropriate as an Advent sermon. Advent is supposed to be a time where we prepare our hearts for Christmas and the coming of Jesus. It is a time of penitence and reflection. It is impossible, or rather it should be impossible, to celebrate Christmas and Advent without also recognizing the reason why He had to be born. He was born for us. To save us from our sins while we were still sinners.
And although we look forward to the Second Coming we know that Jesus is still with us today. Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name there am I among them.”
So one of the points of the sermon was that Christ is with us. And that whenever we pray “Come, Lord Jesus” He is indeed with us. Through all the pain and suffering…that when we ask Jesus to come, we are inviting him to be in our lives, in that muck and grime and into the deep dark recesses of our lives. Those secrets we keep to ourselves, the sin you haven’t told anyone or have maybe just told your confessor…we are inviting Jesus into those parts of our lives. He does and He has. He has borne that sin upon the cross for us and loves us still. Through His sacrifice we know that God the Father will see Christ in us and we shall be saved.
So whether we are talking about preparing for a meal, or a prayer of thanksgiving, or through the tough times of our life, through sin, or in waiting for the Second Coming, “Come, Lord Jesus!”