Glitter in the Sun – Acts 12:20-25

This is all pretty heavy, I know. Yet, the Scriptures do not leave us without hope. Verses 24-25:

24 But the word of God increased and multiplied.

25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Despite the persecution of King Herod and his attempts to eradicate Christianity in order to please the Jews, including the execution of James; despite the turmoil in the church as a result of that persecution; despite God’s judgment on Herod which resulted in a change of government when he died (for, upon his death, the Romans reestablished Roman governors as the rulers over Judea); despite all this turmoil, death, and destruction, the Word of God increased and multiplied, and his work through his apostles and disciples continued unabated.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of salvation for all who believe. Nations rise and fall, but the gospel stands forever. Its promises are true. And they are ours if we believe.

As Christians we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, and because Jesus Christ is King, we must remain secure in the knowledge that no power on earth or heaven can ever stop his Word. Remember, Jesus is King, who reigns over the earth and heavens right now. The glory and power of the government is only a reflection of his glory and power.

Let us prayerfully resist anything that would exalt government or politicians as a god or gods. And let us praise the Lord that no power on earth or heaven can ever stop the increase of his Word, and the work of his disciples (which is us). Because Jesus Christ is King, we must have no other gods before him.

 


[1] Flavius Josephus and William Whiston, The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1987), 523.

[2] Giorgio Agamben, The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011), 245.

[3] Ibid., xii.

[4] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics, trans. Neville Horton Smith (New York, NY: Touchstone, 1995), 336.

[5] Ibid., 340.

[6] Ibid., 341.

[7] Flavius Josephus, 523-524.