Monday, 25 November 2013

On the Campaign Trail

This reading is based on Psalm 110 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs.

"Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power." Psalm 110: 3

Like a Democracy, but not Quite

One of the fundamental flaws of a democracy is the very thing that is often used to confirm that it is working - that there are at least two sides and that one side will invariably lose to the other (always believing there was a good chance of winning).  Now, although being a part Christ's Kingdom is by choice ("volunteers" verse 3) and not by force, the outcome of our choices is known beforehand; followers will live and detractors will not. This is why our work of publishing the tidings of His Kingdom is so important - people need to know what their options really are.

Publish the Kingdom of Grace

During the earthly phase of His ministry Jesus proclaimed, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Matt. 4: 17. That was the announcement made by John the Baptist (Matt. 3: 2), and that was the message that Jesus gave His disciples during their training, (Matt. 10: 7). This is our work today.

The Disciples, as were the Jews, were anxious for the re-establishment of Israel as a sovereign state, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" Acts 1: 6. In His response Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1: 7, 8.

The content of our message is about, "a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God," through whom we have access to the, "throne of Grace/(Kingdom of Grace)."

Kingdom of Glory

When the Kingdom of Glory will be established and declared it'll then be too late for us to choose; our destinies would have then been decided; battle lines would have then been drawn and the final destruction of the enemies of the State of Heaven will be destroyed. " And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.   And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses.   And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.   And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords." Rev. 19: 11-16.  And so as a final warning of impending judgement Jesus declares in Rev 22: 12, "And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."  Declaration of His coming is pretty much how He started the message of Revelation, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."

Father in Heaven, today I cast my vote on the side of Christ.  Please establish Your Kingdom in my heart and begin Your reign in my life now I ask, in Jesus' name, amen.

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