Since we are pursuing knowledge of Jesus, uncovering the names by which He is known will give us insight into the character of the Son of Man, who He really is. According to chapter 1 of Revelation, Jesus is called “The Ruling King.” There are many kings in our lives, but Jesus rules over them all. Every authority figure that affects us is a king who dictates to us, such as teachers, parents, bullies, street crossing guards, bosses, celebrity figures, politicians, friends, neighbors, spouses, grand-parents, religious leaders, bankers, business leaders, professional athletes, Hollywood stars, popular people, brothers, sisters, other family members, economists, journalists, scientists, doctors, television and radio commentators, beautiful people, advertisements, weather forecasters, researchers, soldiers, therapists, and writers. I could go on and on listing authority figures, but here’s the thing. None of these are actually kings. We simply give them the right to dictate a little part of our lives. Not one of these can tell us what will happen in our future, or what to do about today, or how to dismiss the dictates of our past.
Jesus is The Ruling King. He over-rules all the above and any others you can think of. He has the only truth, and He truly knows all things. One of the things we must learn as His disciples, is to go to Him before any other entity to find out what to do, what to think, what to feel, who to be, or what to have. Every decision in our lives hinges on what He tells us. Therefore, we invite His Presence to be with us at all times and in all places. Being able to turn to Him and ask for His opinion, before making an opinion of our own, saves us time and money; well, it just plain saves us. How can we not love such a man?
Jesus says He is The Beginning and the End. He says He is The Almighty God who was. There is nothing in history that didn’t involve Him. He says He is The Almighty God who is. He is involved in every single thing that is happening now. A brief example—if I’ve already told this story, well, enjoy it a second time. One Sunday evening, when I lived in Oklahoma, I was driving to church for the Sunday night service, but I didn’t want to go. What I wanted to do was to see a film that was in the theater at the moment. When I came to the turn that would take me to the theater and not to church, my car seemed to turn itself toward the theater.
Immediately I started apologizing. “Oh, God, I am so sorry that I’m not going to church tonight. I know you like commitment to church, but tonight I just want to see this film. Please forgive me.” Then I heard Him speak. “Marty, don’t you see that I am going to the theater with you?” I was stunned. I said, “Lord, You know this movie backward and forward. You were there when it was written, when it was produced, and when it was directed, and You helped a first-rate film to be put in this theater. How can You want to see it again? He said something that made me sob and sob before I arrived at the theater.
He said, “Yes, Marty, but I have never seen it through your eyes.”
Every detail is important to Him. He is the God of Now! Lean on Him. Go to Him. Take His advice. Obey every word He says, because He really does know what is best. He says He is the Almighty God who is to come. We have nothing to fear about our future. The Kingdom of Heaven is near, and God is here. As we walk into our future, we’d better put our trust in Him. I want to see my future through His eyes. It will be better than anything I can project!
Writing has been in my blood, so to speak, but when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and He told me to write, all my trepidations rolled away, and I began in earnest! After all, if God Almighty says it was His idea that I be a writer, who am I to stand in His way? My hope is that you not only like what I write, but that your life is moved by it, and that your party to Jesus and with Jesus turns your life into days of Heaven on Earth.