They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and
on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of
heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will
rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Lord of the Rings, describes the crowning of the long desired and awaited heir of the kings of Gondor: “But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near; ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him.” Wonderful as that description is, it falls far short of the ways that Jesus is described in Revelation. Look at how he is portrayed as John first sees him (1:12-16). See him called the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, the Lamb looking as if slain (5:5-6). Gaze as every creature in heaven and earth falls down and worships the Lamb and him who sits on the throne (5:13-14).
In chapter 17 we see our Savior as Lord of lords and King of kings, overcoming all his and our enemies, with his redeemed people by his side. Finally, in chapter 19, we see him, the Faithful and True Word of God, leading the armies of heaven, crowned with glory and honor (Hebrews 2:9), conquering, judging, and ruling as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yes, this glorious Savior, this true prophet, priest, and king, this God-with-us, this Anointed One, this Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, this Lamb of God who gave his life for his people, this Good Shepherd who gently gathers and protects all his sheep, this great I AM, this Word made flesh on Christmas Day is indeed the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is one day returning to take all his redeemed people to be with him, where we will see the face of God and his name will be on our foreheads (Revelation 22:4). Hallelujah!
Tomorrow, please read again the verses we read that first day of Advent, Luke 2:1-14; see with new vision that baby in the manger; sing with the angels, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests”. Merry Christmas!
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
(Liturgy of St. James)
Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing by,
we shall see him, but in heaven,
set at God’s right hand on high;
when like stars his children crowned
all in white shall wait around.
(Cecil Frances Alexander)