The King of Kings & Lord of Lords:  Revelation 19:6-16

In Chapter 19 we are greeted with the growing climax of the biblical message and of all human history…Jesus first came as the Lamb of God and was the sacrifice for the sin of the world and now, the promised return is at hand.  Heaven opens and we see, returning on a white horse, a symbol of victory, the Conquering King returning with the battle lines drawn.

The servants of God Almighty rejoice…Hallelujah!  The wedding of Christ and his bride, the Church, is at hand.  Hallelujah!  Some may be disappointed with the war-like imagery here and throughout Revelation.  Many see the Prince of Peace not one of war.  And yet, friends, never forget there is an ongoing battle between good and evil…between God and evil, that continues every day. We know the victory was won through the cross and resurrection but what is ultimately at stake is the final triumph over evil through Jesus!  Hallelujah!!

So, like any great story or musical score, we see a building crescendo to the climax in today’s passage – we see it in the names of the Victor: “Faithful and True…The Word of God…King of kings and Lord of lords”…Hallelujah!!  In the words of George Frideric Handel from his great work, “Messiah”, are these words from the “Halllujah Chorus”:

The kingdom of this world is become
the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
and Lord of lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Devotional Thought:  This chapter from Revelation always takes me back to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday.  The crowd shouted Hosana, save us, as they were expecting a conquering king in Jesus who would free them from the bondage of the Roman Empire.  And just a few days later, many of these same individuals shouted “crucify him” because the king they imagined didn’t materialize.

As you look back today and remember what took place over 2000 years ago, I encourage you to see today, tomorrow and the future a little differently.  Ask yourself this question, “Do you really believe with all your heart about Jesus suffering, death and resurrection and, most importantly, Jesus’ promised return…and, are you counting on it?”