Amen! Come Lord Jesus

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During the Christmas season each year we celebrate the coming of the Lord, the Messiah, Jesus. But there are three times that the Lord will come that are known to Christians. Two will come to mind very quickly. The first, of course, took place at the birth of the infant Jesus during that cold night in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. The second one is that one we long for when the Lord will come again at the end of time to conclude history. We call that event ʺthe Second Coming.ʺ But there is a third time that the Lord comes too. The Lord comes to each one of us, to each of our souls every day, that is, if the doors of our souls are open to him. The most important question we must ask ourselves each and every day, then, is, ʺIs my soul open to the coming of the Lord?ʺ Or, do I hang a sign on the door of my soul that says, ʺDo not disturb.ʺ

The world waited with baited breath for centuries for the coming of the Lord, and their faithful waiting was fulfilled in Jesus. He came in the flesh and dwelt amongst us for some 33 years. He lived with us, celebrated with us and wept with us. He taught us about love, and about ourselves as sinners who are meant to be saints. He took on all of our sins and bore the weight of them on the Cross, suffering and dying in order to free us from the terrible oppression of our sins and to open the doors of Paradise to us once again. He did all of this over 2,000 years ago. He died, just like we will die some day. But he rose again and gave us his Holy Spirit to teach us and to guide us until he comes again.

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The Church and all Christian believers now actively wait for that time when Jesus will come again in Glory, to put an end to all suffering, to establish the Kingdom of God, that place where there will be no more tears, where we will be able to see God in the face and know the joy that our hearts and souls were made for, forever and ever.

But we must learn, too, the truth that the Lord comes to each of us every day, intimately, desiring to enter our souls, to be in communion with us personally, individually. He wants to sit with us every day, to speak to us in the Spirit, to counsel us, to encourage us in the long pilgrimage that we are on to our eternal home. If we are too busy, too overburdened by daily concerns; if we are too distracted by things, or the siren calls of immediate gratification, we will miss his soft knocking at the door of our soul, we will miss the opportunity to open the door of our soul and to welcome him there. We must learn to pray every day. We must learn the habits of prayer, both in our private and in our public lives. We must tune the ears of our body, as well as those of our conscience, and those of our soul, to hear the whispering presence of the Lord at our door every day.

Let the last words of the Bible in the Book of Revelation speak for us every day then. Let us open the doors of our souls to hear the promise of these words, ʺHe who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ʺ And let us respond every day, crying out fervently: ʺAmen. Come, Lord Jesus.ʺ Come into my soul each day.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.