There are many words to describe God.
Several of those words are big and complicated. So let’s have a little fun. I’m going to say a word that describes God and I want to see if you know what it means.
1. Invisible – not able to be seen
2. Omnipresent – able to be everywhere
3. Invincible – cannot be destroyed or defeated
When we say God is invincible we talk about no one and nothing be able to every completely destroy Him.
However, it can be a little confusing because the Bible talks about God in lots of different ways.
Isaiah 9:6 talks about God as the prince of peace. Does prince of peace sound like an invincible person? If I were invincible I don’t think I would talk about myself as the prince of peace. In fact if I were invincible I would walk around telling everyone “I am the prince of awesomeness!”
Not only does the Bible call God the prince of peace, it calls Him something even more soft and tender and not very “invincible”.
One day John the baptist is preaching, and addresses Jesus as he sees him walking up the road: “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin the world”
Did you catch that? The lamb of God. That sounds a lot more meek and mild than it does “powerful”… much less, “invincible”
Today we are going to fast forward past all the of these references to God and move all the way to the end of time, to the very last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation.
It’s here that the author, John, tells us about the Jesus that will return to earth again. And John describes Jesus returning to earth as an invincible King.
Instead of talking more about it I want to show you a really cool example of invincibility.
(Teachers: This YouTube video will show you the general idea of the object lesson)
Example dialogue for the object lesson:
The first time Jesus came to earth, He came as a lamb, as the Prince of Peace. And just like this broken bowl he was eventually broken…betrayed, beaten and buried. But we know from history that He didn’t stay that way. Jesus rose from the dead and went back to Heaven where He is today. Someday Jesus will come back to earth, and prove once and for all that he is truly “invincible”. (Pull out unbroken dish)
So let’s fast forward through the whole Bible….past creation, past Noah and the flood, past David and Goliath, past John the Baptist, past the Apostle Paul, all the way to the last very last book of the Bible.
This book, or letter actually, is called Revelation. This letter was written by John after seeing a vision. or dream, about the future. A vision given to him by God.
Before we talk about what John saw in his vision, let’s look at where he was writing from.
When John wrote what we today call Revelation he was a prisoner. Most likely he had been preaching about the plans God had for the future. The Roman government didn’t appreciate someone telling their citizens that Rome wasn’t the most powerful force there was. So the Romans would put these “prophets” or “future tellers” in jail, to keep them from spreading anti-Roman ideas.
The worst of those prisoners went into exile. Not only were they in prison, but they were taken to an island, all by themselves, where they do work in mines all day. Alone, in exile, for their crimes, they would often spend years on this deserted island.
So it’s here on the island of Patmos that John tells us what he saw in this vision from God.
Let me read for you the first part of the vision John saw. Just imagine this…
I, John, was on the island of Patmos and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet…I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me….I saw…someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double edged sword. His face was like the sun….When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though (I was) dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last.”
excerpted from portions of Revelation 1:9-17
Can you imagine what that must have been like? What if you dreamed of a superhero with a great big voice, a gold band around his chest and hair that’s white as snow? Not only that, but can imagine looking into eyes of fire and seeing a superhero’s hand filled with stars from the sky!?
The only difference is this is no ordinary superhero. John is seeing a glimpse of Jesus.
For the next 18 or so chapters of Revelation Jesus and some of his angels will show John what’s going to happen at the end of the world. John writes down for us, in the book of Revelation what the end of time is going to look like.
John describes a world that breaks out in war, people everywhere are starving for food because of famines, and disease is everywhere.
Eventually a brand new government is set up that opposes everything God wants. This government takes over the whole world. It’s leader is called the AntiChrist. Everyone still on earth follows this evil government , doing everything they say.
But this doesn’t last forever. The last half of John’s vision is all about the overthrow of this evil government. The last half of John’s vision is all about the invincible Jesus. And in fact, John describes for us what it’s like when King Jesus shows up to take His rightful place as King of all the world. This sounds like something right out of a superhero story…except this one is totally true:
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 is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. There armies of heaven are 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. On his robe he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
excerpted from Revelation 19:11-16
The invincible, all powerful, unconquerable Jesus arrives on the scene to rule the universe for the rest of time.
John writes about his vision to give us a “heads up” on what the future is going to be like. John describes all the followers of Jesus living in paradise forever. But he also describes the forever torture of those who choose not to follow King Jesus.
When John’s vision starts to happen for real it will be too late to decide what side you are on. You must decide today. Will you make Jesus the king of your life? Will you declare today “I am with King Jesus, I am on the Lord’s side!”?
Everyone will eventually either go to be with King Jesus or spend forever in incredible pain. What choice will you make what decision seems best to you?
I want everyone to repeat after me as I pray out loud. If you don’t want to make a decision today, I want you to repeat after me, because it’s good practice. If you do want to make King Jesus the king of your life, and live with Him forever one day in heaven, then pray with me as I pray out loud:
Dear King Jesus, I love you and I accept your invitation to live in heaven with you forever. Please forgive me of my sins. I am nothing without you and have no good of my own to give you. Please come into my heart, and save me. King Jesus I am making you the King of my Life. Be my Saviour today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!Share this post: