Text: “And He shall judge among many nations…they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks…neither shall they learn war anymore (Isaiah 2:4 KJV)
The theme for this Sunday is “The Reign of the Lord”. What does this mean? Simply put, it refers to the peaceful world where the loving and just rule of God is totally accomplished. It has its present (Luke 17:21) and future (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 22:29; I Thessalonians 4:17; Rev. 22:122) dimensions.
In its present dimension, it is the reign of the Lord in the heart of the individual as well as in the society. In its future dimension, it is the everlasting reign of the Lord in which all those who served Him whole heartedly well reign of the Lord in which all those who served Him whole heartedly will reign with Him in His glory in the hereafter (Luke 22:29; I Thessalonica 4:17)
The characteristics of the Lord’s reign are:
(1) It is infinite: of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7)
(2) It is not political, therefore not territorially limited, but rather universal. It is held by love and not force.
(3) It is a reign of peace. It is only in the Prince of peace hat we can have our peace (John 16:33)
(4) His reign is established on the principles of justice and righteousness (Isaiah 9:7; Psalm 96:13)
(5) It is a reign in which power is understood in terms of service (Mark 10:45)
It is into this reign of peace, justice, righteousness and delivering from oppression that the Lord Jesus Christ has invited us all without exemption to join Him (Matthew. 11:28)
As we begin a new Christian year today, we seize the opportunity to remind ourselves about the reign of the Lord, under whose reign we must all come for our own good.
Those who have heeded the call to align with the Lord Jesus as He reigns are will on the right course. They should remain under His banner by holding tightly to their faith in Him knowing fully well that they will reign with Him eternally in His kingdom, if they endure with Him
(II Timothy 2:12)
It is also a clarion call on those who have rejected Him to turn a new leaf by coming to the Lord Jesus Christ whose reign is from everlasting to everlasting… The Lord Jesus Christ in His love and mercy will by no means reject them if they return to Him in penitence and faith. Refusal to come under the reign of the Lord will lead to everlasting damnation.
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does His successive journeys run
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore
Till moons shall wax and wane no more
(A & M 220 verse 1)
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D