Sometimes I look around me and wonder if I really believe there is a war taking place over the souls of people. When I read Revelation I am reminded not only that there is a war, the best side to be on in that war is with Jesus. Especially when I read portions of scripture like Revelation 19:11-21 that describe what the war looks like.
It is Jesus who is wearing the crown. Jesus’ honour is engaged in this war. There are others who follow Him and they must be honoured to be able to do so. The clothing of Jesus is described as if they were badges of honour that He has earned.
Jesus has paid the price for me with His own precious blood, and He calls me to live in a way that brings honour and glory to Him so that I will not be ashamed when I see Him.
Let us celebrate, let us rejoice,
let us give him the glory!
The Marriage of the Lamb has come;
his Wife has made herself ready. – Revelation 19:7 MSG
This is the honour I will be presenting to Jesus for the rest of eternity and I find it a joy to be able to do this today, everyday, until I do it when I arrive and be with Him forever. I read so much joy here and I am not alone. There are more followers of Jesus than I can imagine who have accepted the invitation to attend this marriage feast.
Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them, they’ll be sons and daughters to me. – Revelation 21:7 MSG
When the war is done, what a special honour to be called the sons and daughters of Jesus. To me it signifies the invitation to come into a special and intimate relationship with Him. The word “conquerors” brings me back to my original thoughts of war and it brings me back to another verse that describes me as “more than conquerors” as I actually do very little fighting. I stand faithful and Jesus fights for me. That just makes my relationship with Him even more meaningful.
Father, I know there is a war raging for the souls of people here on earth, These thoughts motivate me to participate by taking the side that You are on. It is in following You. loving You, serving You and being with You that gives me so much joy when I engage in the Marriage banquet. I want to be ready, I want to be more than a conqueror, and I want to be called Your son. Into your hands I commit my soul and my life that I may serve You with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. Amen.