The aramaic word means “Come Lord”! It is this longing that closes out the Bible (Rev 22:20). This is the longing of every regenerate heart. Jesus has given us many comforting words. Among them are these: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (Jn 14:18). He will not leave us and He will certainly come back for us. Just as the believer involuntarily cries “Abba” we also naturally call out “Maranatha.” Every dashed hope—Maranatha. Every suffering—Maranatha. Our greatest longings—Maranatha. The heavenly response to this one word request is the answer to our present grief and our future hope. As subjects in a foreign land we ache for the return of the King. As the bride we long for the return of the Groom. As the sheep we desperately await our Shepherd’s return. As the family we watch and wait for our Brother to come back to us. As the freest of slaves we hold on for the return of our Master. As renewed creatures we yearn for the coming again of our Creator. As recipients of salvation we wait for our Savior. “It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation'” (Is 25:9).