“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a [hope] both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil” Hebrews 6:19 [NASB]
I awoke early this morning with a heavy heart for some dear fellow sojourners on this painful path of child loss. While weeping and interceding for them I was reminded of the significance of today’s date and the thousands of others who bear the anguish of death with us as a result of the atrocities of September 11, 2001. It is now eighteen years later, but I am certain many of them are weary today as the sorrow of the absence of their loved ones remains ever present.
As I was wrestling with my own weariness recently, compounded by the weight of weariness I see in my precious brothers and sisters in suffering, I found encouragement in the last chapter of Revelation.
Christ concludes His Revelation by saying three times that He is coming quickly.
“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:7 [NASB]
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12 [NASB]
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20 [NASB]
Paul echoed the same truth of His imminent return.
“For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrews 10:37 [NIV]
Habakuk spoke similarly of the certainty of God doing all that He has promised.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakuk 2:3 [NASB]
In the midst of crippling and consuming sorrow, as we gasp for each breath, the path ahead can appear endlessly long and barrenly bleak. Weariness can quickly and easily give way to hopelessness.
Our omniscient and compassionate Lord and Savior sees and knows our frailty and weakness and speaks to it directly as He reminds us repeatedly that He is coming quickly. Reminders of the Hope of His imminent return are ever so graciously given to shore up weak, weary and faltering faith.
Peter implored us to “fix our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” and Christ is reminding us repeatedly that the fulfillment of that Hope is coming soon, quickly, in just a little while.
He is calling us to intentionally and purposefully fix our hope like an anchor on the gracious promises that will be delivered to us, His children, upon His imminent return. Sin, sorrow and death will be no more, every tear will be wiped away, and we who believe will abide with Him forever… soon, quickly, in just a little while.
As we hold to the rope of that anchor of hope purposefully fixed on His imminent return, we are called and equipped to persevere. His reminders of His imminent return are always accompanied by exhortations to persevere, living expectantly for His promised and certain return.
“FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:37-39 [NASB]
“Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:11-12 [NASB]
The reminder that He is coming soon revives us to serve with perseverance and diligence. My Savior who, through His blood, not only rescued me from my sin and eternal death, but made a way for the world, my loved ones and me to spend eternity with Him and one another is coming back soon, quickly, in just a little while, and I want to be found faithful by Him (John 3:16).
The enemy will continue to relentlessly taunt “saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet. 3:4). But we, being “strengthened with all power according to His glorious might,” will persevere by holding “unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Col. 1:11; Heb. 10:23).
Hold on, dear weary one, to the rope of the anchor of your Hope purposefully fixed firmly and securely on the grace to be brought to us at His coming, for He is certainly coming soon, quickly, in just a little while.
“Come, Lord Jesus.”
Artwork: Sarah Harmening