Elections are good occasions to remind us two things about earthly leaders: First, they derive their authority from an ultimate administrator, and second, the purposes of that Administrator will indeed prevail on the earth.
Jesus taught us to pray Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Nothing less than the complete reign of Christ will satisfy God’s ultimate purpose.
At Calvary, Jesus accomplished redemption. Bursting forth from the tomb, He conquered death. Then He stood before an ordinary group of 11 men and declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you …” Matthew 28:18-20.
Note the repetition of “all”:
– All authority belongs to Christ
– All nations are to be discipled
– All Christ’s commands are to be obeyed
All commands, not some. All nations, not a few. All authority, not partial or limited. “All” is comprehensive, used in a broad, inclusive way in the Great Commission. The Great Commission is to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), to all creation (Mark 16:15), and to all nations (Mat. 28:19).
Electing people of integrity and honor gives us opportunity to build godly culture. Such leaders, as all citizens, live under the rubric of Jesus Christ as the one supreme law giver. Nations, as well as individuals, are to make the law of Christ the root of their national order. The results of this obedience are freedom, justice, peace, and bounty.
Christ reigns perfectly in heaven; he calls us to extend his rule on earth. He taught the kingdom of God as the framework for our obedience. His saving work on the cross (our salvation) is the foundation of our obedience. When nations keep all Christ commanded, we will see the fulfillment of obedience – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”
– Darrow Miller and Gary Brumbelow
Robert Lloyd RussellNovember 8, 2010 - 6:31 am
Thank you for this important reminder.