Let us rejoice

girl-753107_1280Revelation 19:7: Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself. (LEB)

The rejoicing comes with the reign of God. The bible says that when the righteous rule the people rejoice but in the time of the wicked, people hide themselves (Proverbs 11:10, 28:12, 28, 29:2).

The book of revelation is a book of joy. What we see there is the culmination of all things, the winding up of the things happening now on the earth, and the enthronement of the full rule of God in all spheres of existence.

The bible began with God making a place for man and it ends with God making his place with man. It started on a joyous mode and ends with that. The initial rejoicing was truncated by the coming in of the devil while the end rejoicing will be after the devil is thrown into hell.

He planned to make earth hell but at the end it went to hell (Revelation 20:10). He planned it, but it did not work out because it is the counsel of the Lord that shall stand (Proverbs 19:21).

The devil introduced sin into the world and Jesus needed to come and rectify the error (Matthew 1:21). At the birth of Jesus, there was an angelic host that together sang with joy (Luke 2:8-15). That was the same thing which happened when the world was made, and the coming of Jesus also marked a new beginning for the earth, for humans who were objects of God’s love but went away from him in rebellion.

It was something to rejoice about. It was something amazing. It was the favour of God that has been brought to fore, being turned to humanity, as something was going to be done about God’s relationship with Man which has gone sour.

Paul says we should rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2). Where we are going to end is glory so we rejoice because of that, we rejoice in anticipation. We have the hope of the seeing Jesus and we will forever be with the Lord (1Thessalonians 4:17). Paul says: rejoice in the Lord, always, again I say rejoice (Philippians 4:4). He wants us to rejoice because of what our portion in God is.

When Jesus was about to taken away to heaven, he said that the disciples they don’t need to be sorrowful (John 16:16-17). They will be sorrowful if they were focused on natural things, but when the focus is on the spiritual, when we look at things that be not as though they were, we rejoice.

When we see the fullness of our spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus we rejoice, when we hear God say that the plan he has for us is plan for good and not for evil, to bring us to a good end, we rejoice (Jeremiah 29:11).

Everything we experience now is of lower level compared with the spiritual rewards that will come to us at the end of the age.

Paul said that he eagerly awaits the time when he will get his rewards (2Timothy 4:7-8). He said a crown is laid up for him. He also said that his light affliction is nothing to be compared with the glory that will be revealed, nothing compared to the rewards he will get in the age to come (2Corinthians 4:17). He rejoices because he sets his eyes on the things of heaven and not on things on the earth.

We rejoice because God reigns and his reign is that of justice, that of righteousness (Psalm 69:14), of plenty. In the land of Israel in the time of Solomon there was such plenty that even silver was not regarded as anything (1Kings 10:21).

The New Jerusalem was designed with streets of gold, pure gold (Revelation 21:21). In the absolute reign of God, every tear will be wiped from our eyes (Revelation 21:1-4). We will have the full sense of completeness, full of God, full of his joy. There is something called the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10, Luke 15:10).

Right now while we wait for the full-blown manifestation of the reign of God, we reign through two intertwined things: through 1. The word of God in our mouth and 2. The righteousness of Jesus we have obtained and express.

Word of God

The bible says that where the word of a king is there is power (Ecclesiastes 8:4). When we put the word of God in our mouth it is our means of dominion on the earth. When Eve decided to neglect the word of God, she stopped reigning as she should (Genesis 3).

God reigns now in his word within us and released from our mouth to impact people’s lives and to defeat the devil as we use it in the place of prayer, in direct confrontation with the devil. The word of God is called the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).

Where the Word of God goes, goes God’s power. The word of God (John 1:1-5), Jesus, was sent to destroy the work of the enemy; and we need to become the embodiment of the word of God, and fight off the hordes of darkness, since his word is his light.

When Jesus was asked to come and heal a servant, one man said that he only needs to speak the word and his servant will be healed (Matthew 8:8). Jesus reigned on the earth by the word of his power. He said a time comes when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of man and those who hear will live (John 5:25).

Righteousness

Paul wrote of the armour of righteousness on the left and the right (2Corinthians 6:7). There is nothing that wins more than the right action. Peter wrote that who will overcome you when you are involved in doing the right thing (1Peter 3:13)?

For the battle in the Garden of Eden, doing the right things, doing the word of God, would have stopped the onslaught of the devil in its track.

In the wilderness, Jesus, by doing the right thing, did not lose out in the onslaught of the devil’s temptation on him. Nothing wins like righteousness. That is when we shine as light and darkness is dispersed. We cannot just say: Jesus is Lord and not do what he says (Luke 6:46). When we allow him to reign in our lives, he reigns through us.

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