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JC meek and mild, why now so wild?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Christ related
Biblical history shows Jesus as the gentle Man. He was spat in the face, struck while blindfolded, cursed, and mocked. Yet He prayed that God would forgive his torturers. He did lash out at the business minded Jews in the temple, but in general He helped everybody in need who crossed his path. He healed the sick, raised the dead and forgave sins. But there is another depiction of Jesus in the Bible that is not as well known. It is that of the victorious, purposeful military leader who takes no nonsense and absolutely vanquishes His enemies. This is warfare with no wounded, only dead bodies.
What caused this change in Jesus? Are we comfortable with it? Do we like victorious generals who leave lots of dead bodies behind? We find these words in Revelation 6:16: ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus)’. Also in Revelation 19:11-18 Jesus is depicted as a warrior on a white horse, with eyes like blazing fire and many crowns on His head. His robe is dipped in blood, and the armies of heaven are following Him. The armies of the earth challenge Him, and a great multitude is killed.
Maybe we should ask the question, “Can God accomplish His goal without Jesus as a victorious military leader?” Is there love without discipline? Can a country govern without a judiciary? Can God accomplish His eternal plan of new heavens and a new earth with His children living in it for millennia, if evil continues to reign?
Right from the beginning, with the history of Cain who killed Abel, God showed that the followers of the snake (the devil) would oppose Jesus’ followers. Through the ages Jesus had His enemies. They had the opportunity to poke fun at Him, scorn Him, and kill him. But He is the Creator of the universe (Colossians 1:16, ‘For by Christ all things were created’); the Judge (Acts 10:42, ‘He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead’); King and Lord (Revelation 19:16, ‘On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS’); and the One to whom God will subject all people (Psalm 110:1, “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’”).
Jesus Christ demonstrates His superiority at the very end of time. On the Cross He was humiliated and the devil, the source of evil, and his allies, are still allowed (by God) to continue with their subversive work. But the final, total destruction of all evil is described in the book of Revelation. For to reign victoriously, a king has to destroy his enemies. God does the same, and Jesus executes it. The time will come for the reversal of roles. With absolute determination, Jesus Christ will conclude the present age by a mighty victory, and inaugurate the eternal reign of God (Revelation 19:11-21).
Then there will be a judgement of all who rebelled against God. (God gives ample warning about this. Otherwise people will have a valid excuse at the great judgment that they were not given enough time to consider.) In His mercy God gives anyone a chance to repent and become part of His glorious reign. Eventually, however, God brings all things to culmination: evil is destroyed, the earth renovated, and the eternal kingdom inaugurated. (This entails the destruction of the evil one and his followers.)