Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever

Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever

Every Friday morning at Desiring God the staff gathers for an hour of devotion and prayer. This morning David Mathis led us in seeing how the Bible's God-centeredness relates to its Christ-exalting, gospel-centeredness. It was a good time of being together and hearing texts like Isaiah 48:9-11 and 2 Corinthians 4:4-6.

There we were, huddled together in the staff lounge, exulting in the crucified and risen Lord and dreaming of his name being proclaimed in all the nations. And then it occurred to me . . .

There are all kinds of meetings going on around the world. Governement leaders and rulers of nations meeting together, conspiring, grappling for strength and prominence. The kings of the earth assembling themselves in all their secrecy (but not leakproof). They want dominance, control, power.

And then there we were again, a handful of people conversing and praying in a little urban neighborhood, marveling at the mustard seed that will overcome the world.

We've read Revelation 5:9-14. We know how this thing is going to go and we are not trying to keep it a secret. In fact, just to be clear, Jesus Christ will reign forever. He will save and gather for himself a people. His enemies will be made his footstool. He will make all things new. And he will reign.

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary, author of Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Christian Life, and co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.