As we approach the presidential election, it’s easy to either hope in a candidate to fix our nation or give up hope entirely. I suggest that neither way of looking at the world is biblical or helpful.
For what it’s worth, this is what I think…
The world is broken. We are called to work for the kingdom of God and address wrong and injustice. (And there have been too many examples in this past year!) This is the kingdom of God that is here among us. But at the same time, we will never be able to cure the underlying brokenness affecting our souls. Only God can do that. That is what we look forward to in the kingdom to come.
Next weekend, we are going to learn a song that declares Jesus is concerned with healing our brokenness now. He is breaking the chains of sin and oppression. It’s also a song that looks towards the second coming when he will solve every problem created by sin and death…
“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” -Mark 14:62
He’s coming on the clouds
Kings and kingdoms will bow down
Every chain will break
As broken hearts declare His praise
For who can stop the Lord Almighty?
The rest of the song jumps to the fulfillment of that prophecy. In the book of the Revelation we read,
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals…But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals…
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders…Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders…Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
-Rev 5:1-6a, 11, 13
Our God is a lion
The Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power
And fighting our battles
Every knee will bow before Him
Our God is a lamb
The lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
Every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb
Every knee will bow before him
The end of the chorus and later the bridge all refer to this passage from Isaiah that is quoted again in Romans. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that deliverance and strength is through the lamb alone…
By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
are deliverance and strength.’” -Isaiah 45:23-24
The second verse continues that same theme, but takes us back to a psalm of David which asks the question,
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle…
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory. -Psalm 24: 8, 10
Open up the gates
Make way before the King of Kings
The God who comes to save
Is here to set the captives free
For who can stop the Lord Almighty?
The answer is, “no one”.
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?