“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying,The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” ~Revelation 11:15
Last night, Ambassador Baptist College’s chorale presented highlights from Handel’s “Messiah”. I was privileged to be one of many in that choir. The blending of God’s holy Word and the power of music was an astounding thing of which to be a part. When we came to the “Hallelujah Chorus,” the entire audience rose to their feet; the awe and respect of the message were almost tangible things. Out of all the words we sang, however, some of my favorites are these: “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” The Lord is coming back. Soon. And every fallen nation, every wicked kingdom, will be HIS! And His reign will never end. There will be peace, love, joy, gentleness, goodness… all unmeasured. Praise God!
Sometimes, when we think of the Lord’s return, we think of it with anxiety or trepidation. We don’t want Him to return yet… we still want to grow up, get married, start families; we still need to achieve that one special goal. What we need to ask ourselves is this: Are we so attached to the kingdoms of this world that we would delay the kingdom of our Lord? We ought to be looking forward to the day with hope and eagerness. It is a point we need to examine within our own hearts. May all of us be able to say with John, “Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!”