“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.” Revelation 19:11
The armies are lining up for battle and, out from the front line, emerges a powerful figure dressed in flowing robes and riding a powerful white stallion. His eyes are ablaze, a crown is on His head, and on His thigh is written “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” There is an instinctive gasp as His enemies catch sight of Him. The Savior of the world has come and He’s facing off against His arch enemy. Does Satan believe he’s a worthy match for Jesus’ power? Does he think that he will finally unseat the powerful Creator and ultimate Judge?
Scripture paints the picture of this ultimate battle that will culminate with Jesus coming to mete out justice. In one fell swoop, His enemies will be destroyed forever as Jesus throws them into the Lake of Fire and reigns over the new heaven and new earth. It’s a graphic image of power and victory.
But in the midst of this dramatic scene, let’s remember why Jesus comes back. His purpose isn’t just to win over Satan once and for all. He is coming to collect His bride, the church. He’s coming for those who have committed their lives to Him. As always, He is driven by love.
There’s another picture of Jesus from Scripture – riding into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, dust in his hair and sandals on his feet. Though the image is less powerful, it is still significant. The King came to sacrifice Himself so that we could have life and victory over sin. This powerful King once chose to humble Himself so that we could share in His victory.
Are you watching and waiting for His return? Are you living for today or are you living for the King – who loved you enough to give Himself up for you and who will one day return to deliver you?
Behold the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is faithful and true. And He is coming again. Are you ready?