Monday, July 15, 2013

The King is Coming

"Look, a righteous king is coming!  And honest princes will rule under him. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.  Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth, and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it. Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding.  Those who stammer will speak out plainly."

-- Isaiah 32:1-4 NLT

I have been reading a multi-thousand-page series of fictional novels about a mythical medieval land that has been rocked by a murdered king and all of the machinations surrounding the struggle to sit upon that vacant throne.  This event threw the land into a chaotic situation where five claimant kings vie for power. In the current book, one king, the only king who truly has a right to the throne, is on the move and he is intent on claiming what is rightfully his.  City by city he begins to conquer, win over or cajole the major lords and chieftans as he sweeps toward the seat of power.

There is also a wave in our world today that is bringing the people of the Earth in line with the one true king who has the only rightful claim to the throne of our hearts as well as the throne of His creation.  Jesus Christ is his name.

As the mythical king goes from conquest to conquest, his army forms up around him, and he sends scouts to see what the enemy might have in the way of numbers and armament and provisions.  The scouts can also detect any sympathies that the local population may have to the rightful king, to see if they might side with him in the battle to come.  In victory these sympathizers will be rewarded.

So it is with our King Jesus.  There are no questions about the Enemy however.  Jesus knows him intimately.  But the Holy Spirit scouts the land and searches for people who are sensitive to Him, who want more of Him, who will surrender to Him, and who are willing to engage in the fight WITH Him.  His glory will pour out on His true followers.

"[U]ntil at last the Spirit is poured out on us from heaven.  Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.  Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field.  And this righteousness will bring peace.  Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.  My people will live in safety, quietly at home.  They will be at rest."

-- Isaiah 32:15-18 NLT

Make no mistake, the King is coming!  The question to answer is whether we will be standing with Him, or standing idly by as others join in with Him for His glory.