FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Scripture: Revelation 19:11-13, 1 Samuel 2:6
Revelation 19:11-13 says, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” What would we say if, in this application of who the Lord is, it was the church who supplied the names of those whose blood covers Jesus’ robe? Are we ready to walk in a place like that with the Lord? He was clothed in a robe dipped in blood and His name is called the Word of God. What if the church supplied the names of those whose opposition to righteousness defiles the nation? What are our prayers, proclamations and declarations concerning those who champion perversion that would release God to remove them? If you were the enemy, it seems an important way you could get everything you wanted was to deceive the church into believing their job was to turn the other cheek and pray for their enemy. If you could do that, you could deprive Jesus of the ambassadors needed to move in His judicial, covenantal, New Testament role as Judge of all the Earth. Where is the problem today? The problem is we do not know who we are in Christ. The same Christ who saves, promises to remove! When Samuel was born, Hannah rejoiced and prophesied in 1 Samuel 2:6, “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.” Many of you have read C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In this beloved children’s book, one of the main characters tells another of the mighty Lion, Aslan, who represents Christ: “…’If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.’ ‘Then he isn’t safe?’ said Lucy. ‘Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver. ‘Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” Lewis’ representation of the Lord shows he had a true understanding of the Judicial side of God, and C.S. Lewis himself would not be surprised to see our Christ swinging a double-edged sword!