We live in times of great uncertainty and great unrest. There is turmoil and destruction in many places abroad and there is even terrorism in places at home and elsewhere. It easy for our hearts and minds to be filled with such anxiety and stress because we don’t know what the future even hold or what if offers us. We don’t even know if things will get better or if things will get worse. The bible does remind us to expect the best and to expect for the worse in the times we are living in and that life wont always be easy.
But what kind of attitude should a Christian, a follower of Christ, have in such times as these? Should we even have fear for the future that awaits us? Shall we even worry ourselves of our well-being? The answer is simple. The answer can be found in remembering that God is in control.
But is he really in control? Is he really? Even in times of uncertainty and distress? The answer is still yes!
But how? It’s time for me to explain the Sovereignty Rule of God, the Sovereignty of Christ the King.
The Sovereignty of God has been revealed in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament Prophets have declared the sovereignty of God such as Isaiah who:
a.) Prophesied God would have the Medes overthrow Babylon – Isaiah 13:17-20
b.) Depicted the nations as “tools” in the hand of God – Isaiah 10:5-15
1. For he used wicked nations to punish other wicked nations.
2. But he also leaves no one unpunished
c.) Proclaimed God’s judgment upon the Nations
–All of these judgements came true as prophesied; which verified God’s existence and His sovereignty. – Isaiah 46: 8-11
We also have the prophet Daniel who:
a.) When God revealed to King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its interpretation, came to realize the sovereign rule of God. -Daniel 2: 19-21
b.) Prophesied the rise and the fall of great empires of the ages – Daniel 2:36-40
c.) Explained that Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great tree and its fulfillment was t impress him with God’s sovereignty -Daniel 4:19-26 and 34-37
The basis upon which God governed such nations has been implied elsewhere in scripture:
1. It is implied in Proverbs 14:34 that:
1a) A righteous nation is exalted but a sinful nation is disgraced
1b) this distinction will be based upon righteousness (and this is supported in Jeremiah 18:7-10
2. Some other illustrations of the principle that God governs such evil and good nations is found in:
2a) Babylon, it was to be punished for its evil treatment of its subjects – Isaiah 10: 1-4
2b) Various other pagan nations – Amos 1 and 2
2c) And likewise to Judah and Israel – Amos 2
It is pretty obvious and clear that the sovereignty of God is demonstrated in the Old Testament and it was manifested. But what about in the New Testament?
The Sovereignty of Christ the King has been fully realized and it is evident in the New Testament writings.
a.) The Sovereignty of Christ the King has been proclaimed in Messianic Prophecy:
1. It pertains to the Messiah’s reign – Isaiah 9: 6-7
2. It regards the everlasting Kingdom of Christ – Daniel 2:44
2a) A kingdom that will never be destroyed
2b) A kingdom which shall consume all others
Such prophecies indicate that the sovereignty of the Father would continue in the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ. For when we proclaim the sovereignty of the Father we proclaim the sovereignty of the Son.
b.) The Sovereignty of Christ the King was professed by Christ himself to his own Apostles:
1. After the resurrection of Jesus, he claimed all authority – Matthew 28:18
2. The very Apostles taught that Christ had all authority on Earth and in creation.
2a) He is the head of all things – Ephesians 1: 20-22
2b) All will and are subject to him – 1 Peter 1: 22
2c) He is the ruler of al rulers on the Earth – Revelation 1:5
2d) He reigns today and will continue to reign until He comes again – 1 Corinthians 15: 24-26
Again…we see the sovereignty once exercised by the Father, now being exercised by the Son.
c) What does this mean for all Christians?
1. Jesus is truly Lord of lords and King of kings!
2. No government exists without His approval – Romans 13: 1-2
3. What happens in governmental affairs is a matter of His concern and that is because
a. He rules the nations with a rod of iron – Revelation 2: 26-27
b. He brings nations into judgment, especially those that
c. As did His Father, the Son has various means at His disposal to judge the nations (war, famine, pestilence)
d. Such judgments may involve using one wicked nation against another!
4. The best thing a Christian can do for the welfare of his country:
a. As Christians we are to spread the gospel
1) It has the power to save men -Romans 1:16
2) And to make them righteous and godly
b. We are to pray fervently and daily
1) Every time you pray, you are given a private audience with the King!
2) Sincere prayer to the King will have more influence
c. And remember that our true strength is in the Lord and not in weapons, but rather in righteousness, wisdom, and knowledge.
We don’t need to look to our future with anxiety or with feers. Why? It is because the one who is ultimately in control is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For if we seek the Kingdom of Christ first and foremost, our needs will be met and provided for (Matthew 6:33). Even if we were to suffer great persecutions, we can still rejoice because the kingdom of Heaven is ours and Jesus will help us through the storms of life. No matter what may occur, Christ is still king of all things.
Me must be ready and we must prepare our hearts first for the kingdom of God, for God not only wishes to reign in the temporal kingdom, but he wishes to reign forever in the hearts of men. He will return soon and no man can halt the arrival of the supreme majesty of the Son. For his Kingdom come, his will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Prayer to Christ the King:
O Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations. We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things. Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth. Guard us we pray Most Faithful One. Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgment Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you. Jesus, You are a King of Mercy. We have deserved Your Just Judgment Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. We trust in Your Great Mercy. O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray; May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognized on earth. Amen.