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What the election won’t change

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace … from Jesus Christ …the ruler of kings on earth… who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.  Revelation 1:4-6

Believer in Jesus, are you worried about who will have authority over you and what they will do once this election is over? You probably have your own worst-case scenario about what life will be like when the hundreds of elected officials are sworn in at the end of this term. And what if it comes to pass? Can you still find peace in that?

Yes, you can. Because the election won’t change the most important reality on which our peace rests, which is this; Jesus Christ is the ruler of kings on earthwho loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. This reality was enough for John the apostle to say, “Grace to you and peace”, while writing as a persecuted Christian to the persecuted church in the first century. This reality is also enough for you.

Let’s dwell on it for a moment and allow its encouragement soak into our hearts.

Jesus Christ is the ruler of kings on earth.

That means he rules everyone who rules you. He has final say over what every local, state and national leader can do that affects your life. You won’t hear about him in the news and he is not on the ballot, but he was yesterday and is today and will still be tomorrow the supreme ruler who governs all things that concern you. 

How much power and authority does he have over those who will be elected or re-elected? Let the Scriptures speak to this:

  • All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18
  • From now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God. Luke 22:69 
  • He upholds the universe by the word of his power. Hebrews. 1:3
  • The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Psalm 2:2-4
  • Indeed, the LORD who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it? Isaiah 14:27 (NET)
  • Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:13

The reality is that Jesus has power and authority over everything and everyone. Whether that is how healthcare will work, or what will be taught in the schools, or what you will be required to do in a pandemic, or whether there will be legal consequences for exercising faith in Christ, or anything else that you care about, Jesus Christ has final say over that. He has the power to shape how that looks. And that is good news because of the second truth.

Jesus, the supreme ruler, loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.

If you are going to have someone who has ultimate power and authority over you, you want it to be someone who loves you, because then that power will be exercised according to your best interests. And no one loves us more than Jesus, who proved it by dying on the cross for our sins. That is where he sacrificed himself to free us from the eternal penalty and temporal power of sin. That is where he secured our rich inheritance: never-ending life with him, which is in the Spirit today and will be in person in a renewed world one day.

Again, let the Scriptures speak of him:

  • Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1
  • Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13
  • the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
  • neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Applying this to the election

Now, how do we apply all this to the election and our future after it? Because you are no fool; you know that bad things can and will still happen and that it doesn’t always look like Jesus is doing anything with all that power. So how are we to be helped by this knowledge that Jesus rules everyone who rules us, and that he loves us with the greatest love a person can have?

Just this; it means that everything that comes out of this election must pass through his wise and loving plan. It will be consistent with his great love for us. Often it will be good outcomes that we readily praise him for. Other times it may be painful and confusing outcomes. But it will never be without a loving purpose. It will always be part of his plan that for those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). 

Whatever happens we can trust that the Savior who died for us must be up to something good even when it is not what we want. His love didn’t end at the cross. He is still just as passionate about us today as on that day. And he will still be in charge after the election. That is a very good situation for us to be in. Let’s rest in that on November 4th and beyond.

Grace to you and peace, from Jesus Christ.

Pastor Mark

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