The War That Ends All Wars

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Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there.

Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war… The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations… On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lordsRev. 19:11-16

Lord Jesus, on this Veteran’s Day we stop to honor the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces in the USA. In a world of “wars and rumors of war,” we are grateful for those who courageously serve us.

But even more so, we honor you as the ultimate Servant-Warrior—the quintessential Serviceman who, on the cross, won the war to end all wars. And at your return, you will display the fullness of your victory. In this passage, John’s vision of that Day fills our hearts with worship, hope, and longings.

Having defeated the prince of darkness, you are the rider on the white horse—alone worthy of the name Faithful and True, and Word of God. Though evil hates beauty, the Gospel will prevail. Indeed, evil, badness, and madness will not endure. Evil has been defeated, and will be eradicated. “Hallelujah!” we shout, with great joy.

Jesus, the title, “King of all kings and Lord of all lords,” belongs to you right now, not on some distant day. You are the ruler of the kings of the earth in this very moment—every one of them. Your kingdom has come in part through your resurrection, and will come in fullness at your return. Consummate peace will replace all petulance and pettiness; shalom will trump all hating and being hated. Hasten that Day, Lord Jesus; hasten it. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and exalted name.

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