Come Jesus! Bo Yeshua!
by Lauren Blake
Revelation 22:16 -17 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely.
Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you hear the Spirit speaking to you, and you feel God’s presence in a deeper way more than normal? I had one of those moments last year. I was visiting my parent’s church and during worship I was asking the Lord about whether Paul and I were supposed to say yes to Dan Juster’s invitation to start a Tikkun congregation in Jacksonville. A heaviness of His presence rested on me, and I felt like He said, “If you do, it will help usher in My return.”
“Come Lord Jesus” (Hebrew: Bo Yeshua) has been a cry of my heart since I first gave my life to Him. I remember after I got saved in high school, a friend invited me to a conference called “Pack Your Bags, Jesus is Coming!” It was the first time I had ever heard of Him coming back.
They used 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. I can remember thinking that He could return at any moment. All these questions of wonder and awe filled my mind. What He would be like? What will happen? How I should live differently in light of this?
As a teenager who had just experienced Jesus as my Savior, my first thought was that when He returns, I can’t wait to thank Him and hug him. It wasn’t until I started to grow in my understanding of the Scriptures that I began to realize we can play a part of ushering in His return, with themes such as:
- When the gospel shall be preached in the whole world (Matt 24:14)
- When the Body is One (John 17:20-23)
- When the Jewish leaders say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matt 23:39)
- When His Bride has made herself ready (Rev 19:7)
As I have grown, I realize there is so much more to His return then just a self-focus. He is coming back not just as Savior but as a Judge, a King, and a Bridegroom. He is coming to rule and reign, to make wrong things right, to receive His bride as a Body of lovesick believers who long to be One with Him.
As I began to experience deaths of loved ones in my life, another depth of the longing for His return grew. This hit me at a core level when my first husband suddenly collapsed into my arms and died. He is in the presence of the Lord now and seeing Him in all His glory. It is only time that separates us.
I knew I would see him when I died, but then I came across this verse in Revelation 19: 11, 14 – Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. …And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses.
Could it be that he might be one of the ones in heaven’s army that comes back with the Lord? If the Lord returns before I die, it only brings us that much closer to being reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us.
I have always wrestled with the concept of the injustice in the world and how God could allow bad things to happen. When I worked with a ministry that helped women coming out of sex trafficking and abuse, this affected me at a deeper personal level, as I fell in love with these women. Hearing their stories brought unspeakable sadness to my heart. It wasn’t until I realized His heart and emotions concerning this did I feel His pain, His longing, His desire and His passion to make wrong things right. This changed my perspective towards Him … He longs to return to bring justice.
Over the last 10 years, I have come to know Jesus as my Jewish Messiah. The more I know Him, the more my love grows for Him. Understanding His family, culture, and heart for Israel is so significant to His character and His return to Jerusalem. My husband and I are Gentile Christians who have come under the umbrella of a Messianic Jewish organization because we want to walk alongside the Jewish believers. We love incorporating both Jewish and Christian history into our walk with the Lord as they point us to Him. We desire to answer the prayer of Yeshua from John 17:20-23:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Various themes from this blog post capture the essence of the future topics I’ll be addressing, as they are connected to His return. The subjects of world missions, the bridal paradigm, inner healing, One New Man (Jewish and Christian unity in Messiah), grief, and justice-injustice all intersect in my heart and life. So feel free to join me on this journey of preparing and helping usher in the return of our Beautiful Savior, Bridegroom, King and Judge … Bo Yeshua!