Who Is In Charge?

I’ve watched, with interest, the huge public protests in Egypt which resulted in the overthrow of President Morsi who was democratically elected only the year before. The public had enough of him and, with the help of the military, put him out of power. I heardEgypt-protests-Morsi_7-1-2013_107448_l a commentator on television remark to another “But President Morsi was elected by a majority in a democratic election.” The other person observed “Well, massive, protesting crowds represent another kind of democracy, I suppose.”

Leaders come and leaders go. Their time on the “throne” is temporary, and the changes they make while in charge are typically fleeting. It does not inspire much confidence in human forms of government. But there is one “throne” that will last forever, and it is discussed in the Bible.

A quick search of the English Standard Version of the Bible for the words “throne” and “thrones” resulted in 175 individual occurrences of these words. A majority of those hits were referring to an eternal throne which is above all other thrones. This throne is currently, and has always been, occupied by the Supreme Ruler of the universe, the Almighty Father God.

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;

the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

Your throne is established from of old;

you are from everlasting.

(Psalm 93:1-2, ESV)

God has determined that His Son, Jesus Christ, would be the way He would represent His eternal Godhead to us humans on earth. Consider these verses from the book of Colossians which describe the eternal majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

(Colossians 1:15-20, ESV)

As we watch the rise and fall of the kingdoms of this world, we can take heart. Our Lord is seated on an eternal throne, and His reign will last forever. He rules with perfect justice, and He’s full of compassion. But those who are His enemies will be crushed under His feet, making way for an eternal, joyous, and peaceful existence for us, His loyal and grateful subjects.


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