Jesus shall reign
By Father Stephen Folorunso
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
There is a well-known Christian song titled Jesus Shall Reign –
Jesus shall reign where’ver the sun
Does his successive journey run
His kingdom spread from shore to shore
Til moon shall wax and wane no more.
When the Jews took Jesus before Pontius Pilate, the charge they brought against him was that he made himself a king, and “anyone who makes himself a king is defying Caesar” (John 19-22).
Pilate then asked Jesus if indeed he was a king, as we read in the Bible. Jesus replied; it is you who say it …YES! I am a king, I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth listen to my voice; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice. (John 18:37.)
We see that Jesus established his kingdom and he will reign forever.
Secondly, Jesus’ kingdom is not like government, kings or presidents or heads of state, which lords things over their subjects, stifling opposition, and locking up anyone who challenges their authority.
This is apparent when Jesus instructed his disciples in Matthew 20: 25-28 in the follow up words, “You know that among the pagans, the rulers lord it over them and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No, anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his file as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28.)
Thirdly, the kingdom of Jesus is a kingdom of justice and peace. Justice is giving to every person his or her proper rights. Every human being has this right, because they are created in the image and likeness of God.
Also the fruit of justice is peace.
Peace can only exist where there is justice.
My dear friends, all four attributes that are mentioned are characteristic of the kingdom of Jesus; that is truth, love, justice and peace. We should always strive for these attributes so that Jesus shall continue to reign in this world.