Today is Resurrection Sunday. It’s kind of a big deal within the Christian circle. In fact, “Easter” (as it is culturally known) is a big deal everywhere. For a few hours, maybe even an entire day, the festivities of Easter will lighten our hearts and put our minds at ease. Unfortunately the euphoria of Easter wears off and our minds and our hearts drift back to ever rising gas prices, increasing violence in the Middle East and in our public schools, and wondering if the next big natural disaster will hit close to home. The problem with Easter is that it never really was designed to carry the weight of humanity’s concerns.
These concerns have a certain “end times” quality to them and I’ve heard talks of a one world government more frequently, both in Christian and non-Christian circles. I ran across this quote from a website recently,
At the right time a one world government will be portrayed as a solution to all our problems, and the leaders will fool the world that it will bring peace. It will bring false peace for a short while, but it will be followed by tribulation. The most likely cause of a one world government would be a worldwide crisis to cause panic. This could be something like a natural disaster, war, terrorist attack, financial crises, or a supernatural event. One of these things could be deliberately engineered by people wanting to take over the world so they can gain power.
Funny how the enemy works. Take Easter for an example. So much to do about family, eggs, candy and extremely large rabbits. No one really seems to care about the Babylonian origins of the Easter Bunny or that Easter eggs are derived from fertility symbols. We’ve been just a little distracted and too often miss the importance of the resurrection – Christ is risen!
The same thing has happened with the so-called coming one world government. If there is in fact such an organization coming we should remember that in light of the resurrection it is only temporary. There is a real one world government coming that will be eternal – the kingdom of God. Wouldn’t the enemy of our souls simply love to take our eyes off of what Jesus has done and is doing so that we miss the importance this coming kingdom?
The truth is that a global government predicted in Revelation is about to rise. This global government would have its own law and government to replace the U.S. Constitution and government. Every move, action and thought you make can be monitored by this coming one world government. Are you ready?
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Ready or not R-Day (resurrection day) has already made firm the coming of a new world order. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth had one central message – repent, for the kingdom of God is near! On Sunday morning when the disciples discovered an empty tomb his message was confirmed.
What does this mean? How does the empty tomb compare to empty eggs? Well, the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans that Jesus was raised for our justification. (4:25) This means that the resurrection confirms that our position before God has been changed. That’s good news.
Because we have been justified we now have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (5:1-2) We’re no longer enemies of God! It’s a good thing to be considered a friend by the one who has the means and purpose of taking over the world. This means that those of us who have received Christ as Lord get to live in the new heaven and the new earth.
Because we have been justified we can boast in our hope as well as our suffering. (5:3-8) The hope we have in light of the empty tomb is not the same kind of hope one might have during March Madness. I might hope that SDSU makes it to the final four but there is no certainty that they will. Our hope isn’t like that. Our hope is certain. Our hope is more like hoping that a package you know is coming will arrive today. We know that Jesus is coming and so we hope that it might even be today. We boast in this hope.
We also boast in our sufferings. I know that sounds strange but who else can boast in their suffering? Is there any other God who can transform the deepest, darkest brokenness into a crown of beauty? Of course there isn’t! Our God can transform our suffering into endurance, into a Holy Spirit empowered ability to hope and wait for the coming kingdom. This endurance is transformed into character, kingdom character. Our lives are lived in light of the certain hope which is given to us by the resurrection. And this hope does not disappoint us! So, we boast in our sufferings as a witness to the empty tomb.
Because we have been justified we will be saved from the wrath of God. (5:9-11) The king is coming and will judge all creation. On that day those found in Christ will be judged and welcomed into the kingdom as citizens of the new heaven and the new earth. Those found outside of Jesus will be judged and sentenced to eternal death in the lake of fire. We boast that because the tomb is empty we will be saved from the coming wrath of God.
This is why Jesus asks us to live our lives in light of the coming kingdom, a sort of kingdom consciousness. His message was simple, “Repent for the kingdom of God is near.” The empty tomb matters.
Christians are those who in the face of all contrary evidence affirm that God is in control and that the victory seen in the birth, life, death, resurrection and reign of Jesus Christ is so powerful that it will eventually swallow up all evil, hate and injustice. This gives Christians an unworldly audacious confidence that enables them to go right on doing what others say is impossible or futile. (Howard Snyder, Models of the Kingdom)
Make no mistake, there is a one world government coming. The good news is that this rule belongs to our God who raised Jesus from the dead for our justification. You can be ready by surrendering your life to Jesus whom
God exalted to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!