Day 39: The Reign of the Lamb
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15b
When we look at the book of Revelation we are given many glimpses of the Lamb upon the throne. He will finally be given what God had promised Him—what God had promised David—a descendant to rule upon his throne forever. As we have seen in this series, a time will come when He will be vindicated, all His enemies will be placed under His feet and every knee with bow and tongue confess Him as Lord.
Like may prophecies, John’s peek into heaven is a mixture of now and then. While there is coming a day when we will all see the fulfillment of the promises of God for the reign of the Lamb, in a very real sense Jesus is already reigning. We are told that He is already seated at the right hand of God, and that He has been given authority over all things (Eph.1:20-23; Col. 2:10; 3:1). He is Lord of creation—everything is made by and sustained by Him. He is Lord of the heavens—all the hosts of heaven bow, cover their faces, and act in total obedience to His command. He is Lord of all the peoples—those who are His, and those who will never acknowledge Him —all will bow their knee. He is God and will never cease to reign.
The reign of the Lamb will be a reign of justice—He will right every wrong. It will be a reign of righteousness—no unholiness will be found in that City. His will be a reign of peace, for all of His enemies will be sent away to their eternal destiny. It will be a reign of majesty, for with unveiled eyes we will behold His glory, and see Him as He is. And it will be a reign of love, for we will be enfolded into the union of the Triune love of the Godhead, to enjoy Him forever.
• Mankind has been struggling with the reign of God in our lives since the beginning. Where do you find that most evident in your life?
• How does the reality that Jesus reigns even now impact how you live?
• How does it effect the confidence you have in spiritual battles?
• What dynamic of the coming reign encourages you the most? Why?
Lord, deepen my understanding of the truth that You reign even today.
Use this to give me confidence when I face trials and the oppression of the enemy. And even though my eyes are still veiled in this fallen world, give me more spiritual vision to see the majesty of Your reign, and long for faith to be sight.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries