Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with an rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Revelation 19:11-16
What a spectacular image of Christ’s return! This is the kind of revelation which gives the apostle John 20/20 vision. And with vision comes hope. When we have a clear vision of what’s to come, hope increases. Perhaps you’ve seen this happen in workplaces, in families, and in the church. Hope lifts our spirits when we have something to look forward to.
What do you have to look forward to?
During these strange times, I think hope is waning. The church is realizing we lack a clear vision of what’s to come and thus don’t know where to place our hope. When we don’t see evidence of progress or the road map in front of us is cloudy, doubt and fear creep in and steal our hope.
Stealing hope is the work of the enemy, but Jesus promised us he will return as our valiant hero coming to set the universe right. And when he does, all will recognize him as the only one who is Faithful and True. He is King above all Kings and Master of all Masters. Meaning when we see him return, our hope will be fulfilled and our future will be secured. If that doesn’t grow hope inside your soul, take time to meditate on this scripture until it does.
By Yvonne Biel