The Resurrection of Christ gives us Confidence in Political Turmoil

This is a portion from my 2012 Easter Sermon:

In Revelation 1:5, Jesus is referred to as “ruler over the kings of the earth.”

In an age where people had to worship to Emperor or be killed, this description was especially fitting.

The Revelation portrays the rulers of the earth as the enemy of God’s people. We ought to be careful in our relationship to the magistrate. We ought to be suspicious of the rulers of the earth, including our own, because history has shown time and again that no government is ever truly a friend of God’s people. Instead, governments will seek to influence or outright manipulate the people of God. And if that doesn’t work, they will not hesitate to use the sword.

We should be good citizens, the best in the land, but we must hold onto our allegiance like we hold onto everything else in this world: with a loose grip. I must be patriotic and pray for my leaders no matter what letter comes after their name, I must submit to them as long as submitting does not force me to disobey God (Acts 5:29), I can love this country more than any other in the world.

We (you and I and all of us) must remember that as long as this kingdom stands (and every other earthly kingdom), that kingdom, the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, will not come.

But he will come and he will reign forever and ever and in that day, this kingdom and every other kingdom must go the way of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and Rome (Daniel 7) it must fall as the Rock that is Jesus Christ crushes every other kingdom into powder (Daniel 2).

John says it like this: “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever!” (Rev. 11:15).

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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