The year 1999 brings us close to the end of both a century and a millennium. The approach of the year 2000 has caused much excitement, with people expecting great changes in our world. Some are hoping for great new things to happen in the next millennium. Others are forecasting fearful things.
But as we survey the world scene at the beginning of this new year, what we see is a world in which the passage of time changes things very little.
One feature of the world scene that does not really change is the constant struggle for power. The mighty of this world–and those who want to be mighty–are vying with one another for power. This was so a thousand years ago, and it is safe to say that this situation will not change as long as the world stands. There will always be struggles for power, by legitimate and illegitimate means. The mighty of this world will rise, and they will fall.
There is really only one significant and lasting change in power that has taken place in this world. It happened with the coming of the Son of God as the world’s Savior, an event that established the Christian era.
This great change was announced by John the Baptist when he proclaimed: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The Son of God had come to wrest power from Satan who had gained power over mankind when he successfully tempted Eve and then Adam. And Jesus did defeat Satan and robbed him of his power over mankind. He took upon Himself our sins, the source of Satan’s power over us, so that Satan can no longer accuse us or force us to follow him and be condemned with him.
King Of Kings
It is important for us as we begin this new year to remember that it doesn’t matter so much who occupies the seats of power in this world. What matters is that there is one who is above them all, whose throne is forever: Jesus Christ, who is King of kings and Lord of lords.
It is to Him that we owe allegiance above all others in authority, for He alone is worthy “to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12). It is to Him that we can look at all times for salvation and for help in every need, for He is the one who “by Himself purged our sins, (and) sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3).
This same Jesus who died for us and rose again, who is Lord and King even now and reigns at the right hand of God, will come again and reveal His kingdom before all.
Now much of mankind denies the kingship of Jesus. They do not acknowledge Him as their Lord or as their Savior. This is true even of many who speak well of Him as a good man and as a fine example of how people ought to live; they still don’t regard Him as their Lord or think they need Him as their Savior.
But the day will come when He will appear again, this time in glory as the Judge of all. Then every eye will see Him in His glory as King of kings and Lord of lords. Then every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
When He arrives it will be too late for those who have denied Him now in this life. They will be forced to admit His Lordship to their own condemnation.
What a blessed privilege it is for us to know Him and believe in Him as Lord and Savior now in this our time of grace. To us the kingship of Jesus is a great comfort. Jesus in whom we trust is Lord. He died for us to redeem us from sin and condemnation. He lives to bring us safely to the end of our days and to take us to be with Him. When He comes again in glory it will be to welcome us into the eternal mansions that He has prepared for those who love Him.
May Jesus our Savior and King bring us all safely to that day.
–Pastor John Klatt