“And from Jesus Christ…the ruler of the kings of the earth.” Revelation 1:5
When we hear “kings,” we think about the sphere of government or politics because in our day power tends to be divided up into different spheres — government, education, media, and the arts.
In those days the king ruled over everything. So when he says Jesus, the one who returns, is the ruler of the kings of the earth, he is saying Jesus’ lordship extends to every area. Jesus is Lord over all powers — media, the arts, business, everything.
Jesus is Lord over Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Jesus is also Lord over Bill O’Reilly and Anderson Cooper. He is Lord over Jon Stewart and Dr. Phil. He is Lord over Sponge Bob Square Pants and Big Bird. He is Lord over Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Germany, France and Oakland Raider Fans.
He really is, whether or not people recognize it.
He is Lord over Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones. He is Lord over Brad Pit, George Clooney and John Elway. He’s Lord over Toney Bennett, Bill Gaither and Chis Tomlin. He’s Lord over CNN, TBN, MSNBC, and FOX News.
He’s Lord over John Hagee, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, David Jeremiah, and Joe Chambers.
He is Lord over Main Street and Wall Street and State Street. He’s Lord over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and over Constitution Avenue and over Madison Avenue and Park Avenue and , Lord over Hollywood Boulevard, Lord over Times Square and Lord over 28390 County Road, Buena Vista, Colorado.
He’s just Lord over it all. You go home and look at your address, and he’s Lord there too.
But does the Christ-follower haven anything to fear at the second coming of the Lord?
I am so weary of the fear mongers on T.V. and the internet. I get asked weekly if I am ready for the coming revolution, collapse of our country or the second coming judgement of the Lord. Who are these folks listening to? I’ll tell you. They are listening to carpet-bagger preachers and talking ideologues in the media. They certainly aren’t listening to Jesus.
Listen, we Christ-followers have nothing to fear about the future.
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” Revelation 21:2
It’s going to be like a lover and his beloved. It’s kind of like this: My youngest son, Caleb is looking into the future. He is starting to dream dreams. Dreams of life and love. He talks about it some, but I can see it in his thousand-yard-stare. He is filled with questions. Will I find my way? Is she the right one? What will it all look like?
But there will come a day when Caleb will stand at the front of a church in a formal suite, swallow a smile and wait for his bride. There will be such outrageous hope in his eyes. He will smile from ear to ear. His mother will weep. I will be composed. And he will be filled with such anticipation and outrageous hope for a life of unspeakable joy. And he will find it. And he will know it.
One day the trumpet will sound and the eastern skies will split wide and our beloved will call us to his side. And I can’t wait for that day. If you see me with a far off look in my eyes just know I am straining to see the arrival of my beloved, Jesus. And when that happens life will begin and joy will be abundant.
Because when He is Lord, there is nothing to fear.
“The gospel of the kingdom steadies us against believing anything bad about God. This world is a perfectly safe place to be as long as you’re in the Kingdom of God.” —Dallas Willard
Very well said. I once feared Y2k. All it did if distracted me from Jesus and caused me to stay home and not visit my Dads last new years eve. What a tragedy. I stayed home because I feared the end of the world was coming. The only thing that came was my last chance to spend new-year’s eve with my Dad. It was his last. He died soon after that new years from cancer.
Joe, thanks a million for the time we had with you this summer. You really blessed Naomi and I in more ways than you can imagine. We found your insight to scripture both refreshing and exciting. It renewed our enthusiasm for God’s plan in our lives. He will truly use you in an awesome way in Buena Vista and wherever your message extends. Thank you for THE COMMING JOY-MAGEDDON and future writings. We look forward to receiving them.
So refreshing. Thank you Joe!