1Cor 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew
the Lord's death till he come.

"Till He Come" are precious words. They are written in connection with the
Lord's Supper, which Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 11:23-36. It is the feast
of love and loving remembrance of Him who long ago, in the night He was
betrayed, took the bread and the cup, the emblems of the body He gave and
the blood He shed. "This do in remembrance of Me." Oh! That request He
made in view of the Cross with its suffering and shame, its deepest depths of
judgment! Remember, it was for you; and now remember Me. Therefore, "as
often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till
He come."

Whenever we gather at the Lord's Table on the Lord's Day, the Lord Himself
must be the one object before us, to give Him the worship of our hearts, the
praises of our lips. Led by His Spirit, we shall see Him only as He loved and
gave Himself for such as we are; as He lives, filling Heaven's glorious throne,
never forgetful of His own, ever caring, loving and guiding each. As we do
this in remembrance of Him, we do so "till He come." All such outward
remembrance will cease when at last He takes His blood-bought people home
and our home, to His Father and our Father. "Till He come" we remember His
love, and praise and adore Him.

"Till He come." These are the words which should never leave our hearts.
They may be termed Heaven's message for His waiting people. If they but
echo and re-echo in our souls, all will be well with us; joy and peace will be
our daily portion, and fellowship with Him will become constantly more real.

"Till He come" we serve, not in self-will, but according to His will, asking
Him: "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" What service He would get if it
all were done in the zeal and self-denial, what earnestness and devotion would
accompany all our work for Him! How we would use our time, the precious
hours He gives us, which are often so sinfully wasted if we just remembered
"till He come!" What energy and ambition would possess us if these words
were never forgotten!

"Till He come." The thought will help us and keep us in that walk and life unto
which His Grace has called us. Some speak of a deeper life, and others of a
higher life; the best is to lead the humble life. Into this we are called to walk
even as He walked, to follow Him who was meek and lowly. And willingly we
shall follow hard after Him, bear His reproach outside of the camp, if we just
remember it is all "till He come."

"Till He come." Conflict is our share while here in the body. It does not cease.
Our enemies are the wicked spirits, the world, and the flesh. But victory is on
our side. He has overcome and through Him we overcome. "Till He come" the
conflict rages, but when He comes, the conflict will end and Satan will be
completely bruised under our feet. What an incentive to fight the good fight
of faith, to be constantly resisting, when the goal is in sight! And "Till He
come" is the goal.

And trials, perplexities and the burdens of life's, "what about these?" There is
the present comfort, the present help. Prayer is our refuge. The Lord is the
great burden bearer. Go to Him and roll the burden today upon Him. He will
take it, for He has said so. Not the burdens of tomorrow or next week, but the
burdens of today. And in the midst of all, even as we make use of our privilege
and cast our burden upon the Lord, we must remember still Heaven's message
to His own: "till He come." If He comes today, what will become of our
burdens? They will sink deeper than our sins have sunk.

And tears! Was there ever a time of so much crying and weeping, in this dark
and evil age, as today? Tears of pain, tears of sorrow, tears of bereavement!
Loved ones snatched away, others sick and nearing the grave! But blessed be
His Name! Weeping endureth during the night, but joy cometh in the morning.
It is all "till He come." And when He comes? He shall wipe away all tears. We
shall meet our loved ones, our friends, in His own presence. "Till He come" is
the balm even now for all our heartaches, and in faith we may smile through all
the tears we shed.

"Till He come." Make a test of these blessed words. See if there is anything in
your life as a Christian to which they could not be applied. They enter into
everything, if we only would have them filling our eyes more, and our hearts.
Then we would indeed occupy "till He come."

"Till He come" and He will come. The "little while" must end some blessed
day. The "little while" will end and then what? Oh, the joy! We shall Him as
He is. It is enough! Let us go hence and serve Him better, and spend the "little
while" faithful and devoted to Him "till He come."


First Published in Our Hope Magazine, 1915. Arno C. Gaebelein
Reprinted in Our Hope Magazine Editor's Notes, the Memorial Editorial, July 1949



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