“The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud
voices shouting in heaven: The world has now become
the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and
he will reign for ever and ever.”
Thoughts… You cannot listen to the Hallelujah Chorus from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” without getting goose bumps. That is not only because the Hallelujah Chorus is a tremendously moving piece, it is because it strikes a God-implanted chord deep within the human soul. It touches an undeniable reality that we intuitively know, whether we are Christ-followers or not: The final act to be played out in the cosmic drama is the indisputable reign of our God and his Christ.
All of creation awaits that day. Heaven longs for the moment. Justice demands it. And in your heart, and mine, there is a cry for this world to become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.
And then the fun begins. He shall reign forever and ever. What God originally intended in the creation but was lost in the fall and corrupted by sin will now be fully restored. And we shall reign with him forever and ever.
That is the ultimate reality—the final act. This is the end of the story, and then the sequel of all sequels begins!
So set your heart on this blessed inevitability. Don’t let a day go by without reflecting on your ultimate destiny. Let every thought be influenced by this wonderful truth; every decision made in light of it; every action colored by it. Endure hardship, wait patiently, serve joyfully, give generously, pray expectantly, love unreservedly knowing that one day very soon, this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ.
Think about that the next time you stand to sing the Hallelujah Chorus: “And he shall reign forever and ever.” Hallelujah!
Prayer… Holy Father, I long for that day when this world truly and fully becomes the Kingdom of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. So today I pray, let your Kingdom come, let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. May this be the day!
One More Thing… “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.” — David Livingstone