“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let Thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen.” While there are many other table prayers, this is the one that is known as the “Common Table Prayer.” Come, Lord Jesus! That’s St. John’s prayer at the end of Revelation.
During the last weeks of the Church Year, we look towards that coming that St. John is praying for. Surely, Jesus is coming soon. Although we don’t know the day or the hour, we know that He is coming because He has promised that He will.
When Jesus promises something, we know it is true. For now though, we wait. The waiting isn’t easy, is it? Life as a baptized believer isn’t always easy, just ask St. John. He was exiled on the Island of Patmos when the Revelation was revealed to Him. He was under persecution for being a Christian. The waiting isn’t always easy.
You might not face the same persecution as St. John, but you do suffer as a member of the Body of Christ. The church suffers as well. So, our constant prayer is “Come, Lord Jesus!”
While we wait for that promise of Jesus to be fulfilled, we rest in all of His other promises. In fact, while we wait for that Second Coming, Jesus does come to us now. And in that coming, contrary to what we pray at the table, Jesus is not our guest; He is our Host. As Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
He comes to serve you today. He comes to you in Baptism, as He takes away your sin. He comes to you in His Supper, giving you His true Body and Blood for the forgiveness of your sin. He comes to you in His Word and His absolution, where He tells you that your sins are forgiven. He comes to you when you are gathered in His Name. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
“All glory to the One Who lavishes such love; The triune God in love Assures of life above. His means of grace for us Are gifts He loves to give; All thanks and praise for His Great love by which we live!” (LSB 602:6)
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