“Maranatha” is an Aramaic expression found twice in the New Testament. It refers to the return of Jesus. The first Christians were firmly convinced that they would meet the Lord face to face, and that's what kept them in joy and peace despite persecution. Indeed, Jesus promised: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3). Here are 4 bible verses to keep the hope for Jesus’s return alive.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. [...] Therefore keep watch because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:36-42)
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:26-27)
“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:28)