Putting God's Word into Practice…

Revelation 19:11-21 ~ Grass-eater and Fishguts

on August 9, 2014

When I was young, an older kid dared me to eat the grass clippings that had been tracked into the baby pool we were playing in. I ate a few to “impress” him and consequently earned the name “Grass-eater.”  The summer after seventh grade, I had my mom put highlights in my hair. I swam every day and spent a lot of time in the sun.  The highlights quickly turned green and orange.  That same summer there was a drought in my city and the fish died, and they were green and orange laying in the cracked mud of the riverbed.  You guessed it, I received a new nickname–Fishguts!

Nicknames reveal who we are and what we do.  They are often not self-proclaimed but given by others who witness our lives.  Jesus is called two names right off the bat in this section of verses–Faithful and True!  He received those names because that is Who He is and how He functions.  His faithfulness and truth is what is valuable about His character.  He will fulfill all promises and prophecy.  In this chapter Jesus is also called The Word of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, and He has a private name that no one knows.  This reminds us that we cannot fully know Him in our human understanding–He is unfathomable and exceptional!

Verses 17-21 give us a glimpse into the future when Jesus will fulfill the most anticipated promise–His return to earth to rule and reign and set the world free from the curse of sin.  Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection are only part of His victory.  They give us victory over sin and death personally and daily.  But a time is coming when Jesus will purge His creation from all evil and completely redeem forever giving the final blow to Satan and sin and all the pain and repercussions that come along with living in a deceived world.

Jesus is Faithful and True.  He is Lord of lords and King of kings.  He is a valiant warrior who fights for us.  During this final battle against sin, those who belong to Christ will follow Him into battle, but we will not lift a finger.  The victory is eternally His alone.  And those who are behind Him will be the only survivors!  Evil will make war on Jesus, and Jesus will prevail.

Maybe you’re thinking, “What kind of God would annihilate all the people who oppose Him?”  Any world leader has the power–and even the responsibility–to destroy evil and uphold good.  Right now there is a “Christian genocide” happening in Iraq–this should ignite in us a demand for justice and a desire to see the blood of innocent children avenged.  Any good ruler would take action.  How much more so for the King of kings and Lord of lords!

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