I Come Quickly

What a short and strange announcement—I COME QUICKLY! Imagine these words posted in large letters all over the walls of your town. What effect would be produced upon the inhabitants?
As they awake one morning, and begin to stir about, they see everywhere around them the words, "I COME QUICKLY." What can they mean? They are on everybody's lips. The children on the way to school stand and stare at them for a few moments in mute astonishment. The business man hurrying to work wonders with perplexity as he sees at every turn the startling sentence: "I COME QUICKLY." Neighbors too gather together in little knots to discuss with curious interest the singular announcement that overspreads their city.
"I COME QUICKLY." What mean these words?
"Bah!" say some. "They mean nothing at all. Why bother our heads about them? We have no time for such foolishness. Let us be off to our business and our pleasures, and dismiss them from our minds."
Reader, we need not wait till some future day to see these words, for if you will turn to the last chapter in your Bible you will see the very sentence, "I come quickly," three times over.
Not a few there are, no doubt, who treat this message with scorn and indifference. So far as any interest on their part is concerned, that statement might just as well never have been written. And if they ever do give it a passing notice, it is but in the words of the last day scoffers: "Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." 2 Pet. 3:44And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:4).
These present-day scoffers continue to be as heedless as were the people in Noah's day; as certainly as they were destroyed, these too shall be overtaken by destruction when "the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night."
On the other hand, thank God, there are those that believe this word. Is the reader among the number? If so, let him open his Bible, and read the last chapter of Revelation.
"Behold, I come quickly" (verse 7).
"Behold, I come quickly" (verse 12).
"SURELY I COME QUICKLY" (verse 20).
Does the reader say: something is going to happen; some event is going to take place; some prophecy is to be fulfilled? No, will he not rather say, Some person is coming? Yes, a Person is coming! 1 Thessalonians 4:1616For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (1 Thessalonians 4:16) announces His soon coming. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God."
Let this thought lay hold of the heart, that the coming of the Lord is not merely concerned with events that are to take place, and prophecies that are to be fulfilled, but with the return of a real living Person. Friend, that Person is none other than Jesus, the Savior and Shepherd now, and soon to be revealed as Lord of lords and King of kings.
"I come quickly," says the Lord Jesus. Yes, "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." 1 Cor. 15:5252In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52). Before even this paper is laid down, Jesus Himself may come. Will your response to the thought of His coming be: "Even so, come, Lord Jesus?"
Oh, friend, turn not a deaf ear to the Savior's promise. Heed the solemn warning in the Word: "Surely I come quickly." If unsaved, His coming would for you be judgment and eternal darkness. Respond to His loving call while it is yet day.
"Soon that voice will cease its calling,
NOW it speaks, and speaks to thee;
Sinner, heed the gracious message,
To the blood for refuge flee—
Take salvation,
Take it now, and happy be."