1 Corinthians 16:22 “If anyone does not love the Lord, Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. Maranatha!.
What does Maranatha mean?
Maranatha is an Aramaic (the native tongue of Jesus) word which means “the Lord is coming” or “come, O Lord.” The early church faced much persecution under Roman rule. The Romans required everyone to declare that Caesar was god. The early Christians knew that there is only one God, the Father and one Lord, Jesus Christ, His Son, and in all good conscience they could not call Caesar “Lord”, so the Romans, viewing them as traitors, persecuted and killed them. Living under such adverse conditions, the believers’ morale was lifted by the hope of the coming of the Lord. “Maranatha!” became the common greeting of the oppressed believers.
Today we live our lives in the light of the knowledge that Jesus can appear at any time, and that we are to be ready. Every day we should expect His appearance, and every day we should long for Him to come. Maranatha reminds us to keep our eyes on the eternal things of the Spirit. To dwell on material things is to be in constant mental turmoil. Looking down, we see the earth; looking around, we see earthly things. But looking up, we see the hope of the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. To those who are discouraged today, Maranatha! To those who are worried today, Maranatha! To those who are filled with anxiety over the problems they are facing, Maranatha! Our Lord is coming!
2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”