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“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...” Rev. 11:15-16

Lord Jesus, it’s just October 18, but preparing to preach today, my heart is soaring as I listen to Handel’s soul-stirring hope-igniting, “Messiah.” “And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

Between your resurrection and return, this should be our song every day. 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 at your name and stars sing your praises. Broken reeds love your appearing, and presidential elections serve your purposes.

Because of you, Jesus, active adoration—not passive resignation, fearful consternation, or political machinations, is the order of the day. So very Amen we pray, in your mighty and merciful name.

 

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