“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God...” Revelation 11:15-16
Lord Jesus, it’s just March 23rd, but my mind is spinning, my heart is soaring, and my hope is glowing. I’m listening to Handel’s “Messiah”—the “Hallelujah Chorus” in particular, as I prepare to teach a Bible study from Revelation 11 in a couple of hours.
“And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”
Hallelujah indeed… between your resurrection and return, this should be our song every day, not just during “Christmas time.” For you are already King of kings and Lord of lords—the ruler of the kings of the earth, and everything else. Of the increase of your government and peace, there will be no end, Jesus (Isa. 9:6).
Indeed, Lord Jesus, we’re not waiting for your reign to begin, just for it to come in fullness. You were crucified for our sins, and raised for our justification. You ascended for heaven’s coronation, and sat down as our King-in-session.
If we could see you in this moment as the “twenty-four elders” do, we too would fall down on our faces in wonder, love, and praise. Demons tremble when you draw near, and stars sing the wonder of your name. Broken reeds love your appearing, and all creation craves your returning.
Because of you, Jesus, active adoration—not fearful consternation, is the order of this, and every day. So very, very, VERY Amen.