Come On Down

  • Nov. 24, 2015
  • #8757

The Lord is not slow to return to the earth, he is patient because he wants everyone to come to repentance.

Come On Down

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a song about the Lord's return.

You know, the older I get the more often I think, ‘Lord Jesus, could this be the season of Jesus' return?’ Could next year, 2016, be the year? Maybe you think the same, what with so much wickedness out there. Don't you agree things are just a little crazy? It's got me singing; it's got me wantin' Jesus to come on down right now, and this is what I often sing…

Come on down Lord Jesus
And take us away
Come on down Lord Jesus
Could this be the day?
Even so, Lord Jesus
Come quickly, we pray
Come on down
Lord Jesus, come soon.

Don’t you sense we are living in a time like none other? No wonder we want Him to come soon. The nightly news itself is so crazy, so much violence, bitter in-fighting in the government, our religious liberties and the institution of marriage and the sanctity of life being attacked on all sides. My heart breaks at the desperate plight of so many disabled children around the world. There is so much suffering; so much abuse (like, Lord, please, how long can this last?). So, is 2016 coming up, is that going to be the year that you are going to come back, Jesus? Well, it has been a long time since Jesus first appeared on earth. Is He slow in His return; almost 2000 years, no, more than 2000 years, my goodness. Second Peter 3:9 answers that question where it says, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 

 I have to admit something else, though, as soon as I start singing a song like, "Come on down, Lord Jesus, could this be the day?" in the very next breath I have to say, "Oh, but don't come too soon, because there are so many people who yet need to hear the Good News. So many people who need to be introduced to the Savior, so many, well, for me, people with disabilities; how awful it would be if their suffering were not accruing them an eternal weight of glory, but instead, only serving as a preview of the awful suffering awaiting them in a eternity without Jesus." 

No, God is not slow in coming, the Holy Spirit reminds us again in 2 Peter chapter 3, verse 15, "Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation." 

 Hey, friend, God does not want your neighbor to perish; He wants your neighbor to come to repentance. God doesn't want your co-workers to perish; He wants them with you in heaven. And God doesn't want the disabled people we are ministering to through Joni and Friends to perish either. So let's sing “Come on Down Lord Jesus, Come Quickly” but in the same breath let’s quickly share the Good News with boldness and brightness and bravery, telling everyone about the Savior, Jesus Christ. For only when that last soul is gathered in from the last tongue and tribe can we then sing "Okay, Lord, come on down, it's time! Come on down, come quickly Lord Jesus!" Make that your prayer today, and in the same breath go out and tell somebody you know who doesn’t know Christ all about the Good News, because the Lord is patient and wants to bring them to salvation.

“Come on Down” Jack Hayford © 1974 Rocksmith Music

© Joni and Friends


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