Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. – Revelation 19:11-16
In 2009, I was in one of the darkest times of my life, mentally, spiritually, & physically. I had faced so many relational problems that i was completely angry, unhealthy, addicted, distraught, and had basically given up on everything. Fortunately, I had a few people that came around me and provided me a path to see Christ and all within Him that could change my life. This was not my first experience getting to God but it may have been the most impactful. You see despite all of the times I had learned of Christ and God and lessons from the bible, I had this picture in my mind of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey with palm leaves being waived and a crowd throwing their coats on the ground in front of that donkey’s path. This imagined description was accurate to the bible and what we today, believe as christians, as Christ rode on the donkey prior to His walk to the cross, and the the resurrection, however I, myself, had associated His humility and serving and caring with passivity.
I was passive in my life for far too long with everything. Passive about fatherhood, passive about marriage, passive about my career, my friends, my family. I was passive about everything which led me to a place of nothingness. I went to a place of dormancy that led to isolation and desperation and eventually disconnection with everyone i knew and had relationships with. Including my wife and children. And God. I looked at Jesus as soft and forgiving and caring but linked that into weakness and ignorance.
There is a lot more to all of this than I have time to place in a Wednesday post, but the point is this….
PERSPECTIVE…. God has wrath. God is Jealous. Christ is KING. Christ conquered death, sin and RESTORED my place with God, so much so that He promises His inheritance for me AND He promises vengeance and wrath to be HIS for those that do not know Him and for those beyond His love. Christ will return as described above in Revelation 19. We will know Him as the angels and army of Heaven will be following close behind on the clouds and the world WILL BE AMAZED.
And some of us will be scared… of His potential wrath. You see when I got to a place of FULL SURRENDER to Christ as LORD of my life, as Lord of my whole life, even the dark corners, my perspective changed. I stopped with the passivity and got into action. I let go of the weakness and fear and got inspired and fuelled by His strength and passion. I became INTENTIONAL about my life and my loved ones and my faith and relationship with CHRIST and promised Him that NO MATTER the cost, my life would point people to Him moving forward. Don’t miss hear me in this… forgiveness, grace, and humility are VITAL to the christian man, but so are STRENGTH, and POWER, and SPIRIT FILLED ACTIONS. Often we pray and wait and pray and plead and pray and wait while we could be praying and acting and praying and moving forward…
Don’t let the hang up of passivity interfere with the King’s Plan for you today.
He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
He was and is and is to come. His robe will be dripping with blood…. He is Faithful and true and in righteousness he judges and makes war. Are you on the battlefield today or are you hiding in the bunkers? You are the son of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, walk in that brother.