The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory. Those who worship idols are disgraced— all who brag about their worthless gods— for every god must bow to him. Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of your justice, O LORD! For you, O LORD, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Psalms 97:1 – 9 (NLT)
My wife’s automobile got “re-called”…..again. The first re-call was only the sunroof’s seal; this time it was the airbag. They fixed it and we’re safe now (except for driving off cliffs in the mountains and alien attacks). Re-calls are for defective merchandise.
In the Christian calendar this coming Sunday’s theme is “Christ the King”. It signals the beginning of Advent season the following Sunday. It’s humanity’s chance for a re-call.
This is good news; it’s a good reason to let the earth rejoice….and tremble. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…”! This is great news for all who know Christ as Savior; a reason to melt like a mountain of wax for those who don’t.
In our Sunday worship times we have been preaching through Revelation. The last two sermons were from Revelation 13, about the false pretender to the throne…the Antichrist. It is disturbing stuff to read of the blasphemy which the Beast and False Prophet use to deceive the nations. An image of a false Christ is set up in the temple at Jerusalem; imagine an idol sitting on the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies!
But this week begins chapter 14, a re-call: enter the LAMB, the Lord, King of Glory!
Then I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1 (NLT)
And the angels flying back and forth in heaven:
And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. “Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.” Revelation 14:6 - 7 (NLT)
Christ the King Sunday is a reminder that the Second Advent of Christ will fix what has gone wrong with humanity. For all those who do not fear God and do not give glory to him, the time has come when he will sit as judge.
It’s more than a sunroof seal or airbag – this is eternity’s re-call!
Want to get in on “giving glory to God”? Take a few moments to read this out loud:
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.[i]