The Final Words
Do you ever think about the last words in the Bible? The last words in our New Testament are spoken by Jesus and the Apostle John. Found in Revelation 22:20-21, they frame for us what should be part of any celebration of Advent. As we studied last weekend, for the believer in Jesus, there is a look back to the coming of Jesus in His incarnation that fuels our hopeful look forward in eager anticipation of His second advent. His return as King is certain, and we should listen to the words of Jesus and respond like the Apostle John.
Revelation 22:20-21 (NLT)
(Jesus says) He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”
(John responds) Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.
May we use these final words to help us recapture the strong sense of anticipation that permeates the season of Advent. Unlike a Christmas wish that is uncertain, the hope of Christmas is a hope that was realized in the birth of Christ. Our hope for His second coming is equally as certain, and yet we have not experienced its fulfillment. May you find yourself waiting in anticipation again this Christmas, looking back, but also looking forward in hope.