Monday, May 03, 2010

Geopolitics

"And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:

‘Great and amazing are your deeds,
Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations! Lord, who will not fear
and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you, for your judgements have been revealed.’
- Revelation 15.2-4
There was a beautiful moment at church last night. I was standing in second last pew (because I was late), and a few pews in front of me stood several Christian brothers and sisters. In that pew was stood someone from Australia, Taiwan, China and India. They were literally standing side by side, worshipping together our Lord Jesus Christ. The CCIW 6pm Ashfield congregation is growing, and part of what makes it such a joyful place to be is that people from different nations (who are political and economic rivals) can join together and declare that it Jesus Christ who is King of the nations.
"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. ...He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in [the cross]." - Colossians 2.8-10, 15.

PS Has anyone done a thematic study of 'the nations' in Revelation?

3 comments:

Mike W said...

Thanks Matt,
great to see it in real life action!

laura s said...

This is part of why I love FOCUS small group so much too. It blows my mind.

mark said...

Nice picture - that's my favourite piece of Reformation art! :) Jan van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in Ghent!

Love it bro :)