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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Sometimes the Lord lets a thought or word hang in my mind so that I can really consider His truth. It’s a little like getting a song stuck in your mind that you can’t shake, except way better. Recently I have been thinking about the word, come. I did a quick search on the Internet and found that come is a high frequency word in the Bible, possibly mentioned over 2000 times.

Every night when my son heads to his room for bed, he says, “Mom, come on.” This means he wants me to be with him. He wants my presence before he goes to sleep. God also wants our presence when he says, "come." He wants to meet our needs, to be our Comforter, to be with us.

When Jesus walked on water, Peter asked to join him, and Jesus said, “Come” (Matthew 14:29). Jesus also told his disciples to let the little children come to Him (Matthew 19:14). He is always inviting, always desiring us. He wants us to accept this invitation, but that’s simply what it is . . . an invitation. There is no demand when He says, “come.” But when you come, you will find rest, peace, hope, and joy.

So I read the final chapter of Revelation the other day, the final chapter of the Bible. One of the last things John writes is, Come, Lord Jesus. This is our response, Come, Lord Jesus. One day Jesus will return to this Earth to be King. He will appear in the sky, coming in the clouds with great glory (Matthew 24:30). I am looking forward to the Day my Lord Jesus comes in the clouds. What a Day that will be!

Come, Lord Jesus. What a perfect response to God’s Word. God’s character and His promises are described page after page, His love and life woven throughout. He invites us time and time again to come. Our response? Come, Lord Jesus!

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen (Revelation 22:20-21).

Julie Smith

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