Maranataha (interjection): Come, Lord
Maranatha is a word that every person feels but not everyone may know. Maranatha is an Aramaic word that means, "Come, Lord." The early church faced intense persecution. Under the direct opposition of Roman rule, the early believers found hope and comfort in the promise of the returning Lord. The greeting "Maranatha" became a common phrase to encourage other Christians to focus on the promises of Jesus Christ.
Everyone longs for something more in this life. Everyone feels that something is missing in the world. We are all searching for satisfaction and fulfillment. Where we search for this answer determines whether we find what will truly bring us the peace we desire.
The sweet call for the Lord to return is stained with sufferings because of the current condition of the earth. The earth is pained. Everyone feels the effects of this broken world. But there is a hope. Jesus has promised to return and establish His kingdom (Rev. 22:12-13). This kingdom will bring peace and comfort by removing every type of suffering (Rev. 21:4). For Christians, this moves us to live with compassion and with a focus on His mission (Mark 16:15). We live with an urgency because the scriptures tell us that He will be here soon (Matthew 24:44).
That urgency is just as important for the nonbeliever. Returning to the same empty wells will only bring a shadow of what is possible when you experience the depth of love that only Christ can provide. Today, Christ is calling you (Ephesians 2:8-9).