Your God Reigns!January 21, 2009
On a week when political royalty has been crowned (for whom we should pray), let us nonetheless remember that our preaching-task is to joyfully proclaim that “Our God reigns!” Think of it: Sunday by Sunday we are honoured to exalt the King of King’s!
“The great design and intention of the office of a Christian preacher are to restore the throne of God and dominion of God in the souls of men; to display in the most lively colours, and proclaim in the clearest language, the wonderful perfections, offices and grace of the Son of God; and to attract the souls of men into an estate of everlasting friendship with him.” (Cotton Mather, quoted in Stott, Between Two Worlds, p 31)
“The keynote in the mouth of every prophet-preacher, whether in Isaiah’s day or Jesus’ day or our day, is ‘Your God Reigns!’ God is the King of the universe; he has absolute creator rights over this world and everyone in it. Rebellion and mutiny are on all sides, however, and his authority is scorned by millions. So the Lord sends preachers into the world to cry out that God reigns, that he will not suffer his glory to be scorned indefinitely, that he will vindicate his name in great and terrible wrath. But they are also sent to cry that for now a full and free amnesty is offered on all the rebel subjects who will turn from their rebellion, call on him for mercy, bow before his throne, and swear allegiance and fealty to him forever. The amnesty is signed in the blood of His Son.” (John Piper, the Supremacy of God in Preaching, p 23)