The King Comes

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 19:11-16

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called

Faithful and True. (v. 11)

The crucified and risen Jesus, once having died in weakness, comes in power as a
conquering Messiah. The armies of heaven follow him on white horses, but he alone wins the
victory. He strikes down all foes, not by earthly weapons but by the Word of the living
God.

Consider his names. He is “Faithful” and “True,” the one that the great missionary
David Livingstone once called “a gentleman of the strictest honor, who always keeps his
word.” He is Judge of all the earth to whom all will give account. He is “the Word of
God,” sharing God’s being, agent of all creation. He is “King of kings and Lord of lords,”
utterly sovereign over everything.

What does this coming mean? Final defeat for the devil and his hosts, full vindication
of Jesus before everyone, and for all creation and all the faithful, joy unspeakable and
full of glory.

Listen to the psalmist sing about that.

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! . . .” Let the heavens be glad, and let the
earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and
everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for
he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. (Ps. 96:10-13)

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

PRAYER

All praise to you, Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords!