• P. Frank

Jesus Sits on His Throne

Mark Twain once said: “Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out … and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel… And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for ‘the universal brotherhood of man’ – with his mouth.”

Last week, the world watched as, yet again, a tyrant invaded another sovereign nation unprovoked. It’s times like these that make people take stock of their own lives. The harsh reality of this world is that sin has infected the hearts and minds of us all. While some of us choose to deny our sinful nature and turn to Jesus, others choose to embrace their sinful ways and end up using it for evil against others and against God. Pray for the people of Ukraine as they attempt to stand their ground against the Russian invasion and aggression. Pray that God guides the leaders of the world to pursue the good, right, and just pathways, despite what temporary pain it may cause. And as the world seems to get scarier and scarier, especially in times of war and with threats of destruction, we should remember King David’s words:

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed. He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then He will speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in His fury. I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” (Psalm 2:1–2, 4–5, 7–12).

Jesus Christ is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords (1 Timothy 6:15). Jesus conquered the devil and all the sin of this world on the cross and He conquered death by rising from the grave. Now, He sits on His throne in heaven, waiting for the time when He will return to judge all the earth. As Russia rages against Ukraine, and potentially the rest of the world, remember that Jesus holds all authority on earth and in heaven (Matthew 28:18). If this conflict turns into World War III, FEAR NOT! For God is still in control and reigns over all the earth. And He will come one day to judge all the peoples of all the nations for their sins. (Matthew 25:31–45). “And [the evil] will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46).

“God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11). The time will come that Jesus returns and brings every person to their knees, everyone from the elites down to the impoverished. So, look to Jesus Christ sitting on His throne in heaven. Repent of your sins and place your belief and trust in Him and you will be saved from His wrath. The tyrants and snakes of this world may have militaristic might, but their strength is fleeting in comparison to God’s might. Do not fear the tyrants and snakes of this world.

“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s Will, than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:10–17).

Soli Deo Gloria!