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WORSHIP THE COMING KING

Back when I was a teenager, there was a popular song that Larry
Norman wrote and recorded. We even sang it in church: It was
called “I Wish We'd All Been Ready.” There was a sense that
the “blessed hope” of the church (Titus 2:13), the appearing of
our Saviour to catch his church away to Heaven, could be any
moment. It inspired us to reach the lost with passion and
compassion.

Some thirty-five years later, we are still singing about the
imminent return of Jesus. As we keep our eyes on Jesus, we
can't help but long to be with him as a bride waits for her
bridegroom.  One could argue that we used to sing songs about
The Coming King because of the age of apocalyptic fears, but
that would not be a true conclusion. We sing about the return of
Jesus Christ because we are in love with our Saviour.

He is so incredibly wonderful and he patiently waits for all to
respond to his
love. Like the disciples who stood gazing into the
sky, we eagerly wait for his return. (Acts 1:11) With Paul the
Apostle, we “set our mind on the things above, not on the things
that are on earth”. (Colossians 3:2) He goes on to say, “you
have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When
Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed
with Him in glory”. (Colossians 3:3,4)

The church does not watch for the Antichrist. In fact the Bible is
clear that we are looking for “our  great God and Saviour, Christ
Jesus”. (Titus 2:13) We worship Jesus by loving his appearing
(2 Timothy 4:8) and by watching for him like a Jewish bride*
(Matthew 25:13) The songs we sing reflect that worship.  We
celebrate not only his advent, his death, and his resurrection, but
also his return.     

I will never forget standing at the altar. The music began and
everyone stood.  Then I saw her: Carole. She came toward me.
My heart was beating so loud that I thought everyone could hear
it, and then we were married.  Every time we worship Jesus
Christ the bridegroom, we do so with the expectation that our
King will call us away.  Our single heart of love cries “Amen.
Come Lord Jesus”.  (Revelation 22:21)

When I was a teen, many songs celebrated the imminent coming
of the one who is so dazzling that he out-shines the brilliance of
the sun. (Revelation 21:23) Songs by Larry Norman, 2nd
Chapter Of Acts, Randy Stonehill, Keith Green, Barry McGuire,
and many, many more, let the world know that there is one who
loves them and is coming for His Bride.

I pray that we will hear more songs trumpeting Jesus Christ, The
Coming King.

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