Babylon. We are exiles here. We are not citizens of this place. Our hope rests in the victory of Jesus, and we await his arrival to declare his victory. Babylon is already defeated, and on that day every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge Jesus the forever king.
8 And the lookout shouted,
“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
every night I stay at my post.
9 Look, here comes a man in a chariot
with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!
All the images of its gods
lie shattered on the ground!’”
10 My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,
I tell you what I have heard
from the Lord Almighty,
from the God of Israel.
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
We await the fall of Babylon. In many ways, our world today is like ancient Babylon. We are exiles here. We are not citizens of this place, but rather of another place – a heavenly place. The kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus, yet in his first coming, the reign of Christ is only in our hearts.
As much as his followers desired political victory so that Jesus would reign as king, his first coming was about sacrificing his life for us, and not about overthrowing human structures and evil powers. That victory will be celebrated in his second coming. Yet, it is already bought and paid for in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus has defeated sin and death already. It is only a matter of time before the great Babylon will fall. The man in the chariot comes to defeat her. In reality, the victory is won already.
When Jesus comes it will not be a battle, but rather a declaration.
God has exalted Jesus to the highest place. Every knee will bow. Every tongue will acknowledge him. This will bring glory to God the Father.
Yes, the victory over Babylon will give us relief from the battle between our flesh and the Holy Spirit. Yes, we will see God and the promised land of heaven. For the followers of Jesus, that day will be our final delivery.
Our focus shall not be on ourselves, though. We think it will as our bodies cry out for the redemption which our souls have already received. Yet, within a moment – within the blink of an eye – it will be all about him…
Jesus will be the focus. Forever. Our King.