Revelation 11; Esther 1; Psalm 105:1-25
“The Messiah” by Handel is recognized as one of the greatest pieces of music of all time. The climax of The Messiah is the Hallelujah Chorus. It is said that King George II was so moved by the whole piece that he stood during the Hallelujah Chorus, which meant everyone else had to stand up and the tradition of standing during that part of the music began.
The words to the Hallelujah Chorus come from the Book of Revelation. As we sing it, we sing with the angels in heaven. “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’” (Revelation 11:15) There is only one reaction to this part of the angelic song: Hallelujah!
Jesus talked about Satan being the prince of this world. (John 14:30) He also talked about that prince being overthrown. So, for a world, suffering from sin and its evil effects, these words evoke the cry of Hallelujah. “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” As Christians, this is a world that we long for. At the same time, this is the world we should live in each day.
Following Jesus Christ is not just a hope for the future. When we turn to Jesus Christ, His kingdom begins in us that day. The kingdom of our lives as become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ – and He shall reign forever and ever inside of us. We are no longer ruled by the prince of this world, the prince of darkness. We are ruled by Jesus Christ and sin has no power over us. So, let’s show others the joy of that life each and every day.
Lord, let Your kingdom reign in my heart. Let others see the joy of living in Your kingdom as they look at me. Hallelujah! You reign.