Wright Way: Return of the King
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Jul 06, 2011 | 3013 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
English historian Arnold J. Toynbee wrote, “We are now moving into a chapter of human history in which our choice is going to be, not between a whole world and a shredded-up world, but between one world and no world.

“I believe that the human race is going to choose life and good, not death and evil. I therefore believe in the imminence of one world, and I believe that, in the 21st century, human life is going to be a unity again in all its aspect and activities.”

Well, here we are. What do you think of Toynbee’s confidence in the human race? Do we see humans headed towards unity “in all its aspect and activities?”

I would not be surprised if most people see the opposite — more anguish of nations, not knowing the way out of endless wars, food shortages, disease and increasing lawlessness as never seen before.

Recent results appear to involve more technology but less humanity. People are still starving to death although the planet is capable of providing enough food for everyone. Despite medical advances people still get sick, grow old and die. There are more broken homes and dysfunctional families than ever before. Racism is always a whisper away.

Still, I choose to believe, similar to Toynbee, that one day there will be “one world” and in that world there will be “unity again.” The question is, how will this come about? Humans have had thousands of years to turn this world around. Do you believe they ever will?

What candidate can guarantee significant changes in the economy, the environment, an end to crime and injustice, poverty and suffering, global warming and war? Who can end cruelty to animals or make people feel safe and secure for the rest of their lives?

No one would question that Jesus Christ, as described in the Bible, would be anything but the ideal ruler over mankind. He talked about government, about rulership — about a kingdom to come with real change at Matthew 6:9-10, Luke 4:43, 8:1, 9:2 and Matthew 24:14.

Speaking of Jesus, Isaiah 9:7 said, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.”

For those who put faith in these words, a government with Jesus Christ as ruler was as real as any candidate running for the highest office in any government today. Who would you say will do the better job?

Not only is a world at peace promised, but Psalm 72:12-13 said regarding Jesus: “The king rescues the homeless when they cry out, and he helps everyone who is poor and in need. The king has pity on the weak and the helpless and protects those in need.” — Contemporary English Version.

No longer will the poor and needy fall through the cracks while the wealthy and special interest groups are catered to. Justice for all is promised.

As far as housing and a strong economy is concerned, Isaiah 65:21 promises, “My people will live in the houses they build; they will enjoy grapes from their own vineyards.” — Contemporary English Version.

Getting to the very root of all violence, Psalm 37:10 says, “For yet a little while and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place and it shall not be.” Can you imagine a world without bad people?

When it comes to providing health care, the policy of this heavenly government is simple: Isaiah 33:24 says, “The LORD will forgive your sins, and none of you will say, ‘I feel sick.’” — Contemporary English Version.

According to Luke 9:11, when people believed in Jesus they followed him and “He welcomed them, spoke to them about God’s kingdom, and healed those who were sick.” — Common English Bible.

By demonstrating on a small scale what that kingdom would do on a larger scale when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven, Jesus gained millions of faithful followers over the centuries who continue to seek first God’s Kingdom.

The promise at John 11:25 is a dream come true and is beyond human rulers. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

Even wild and helpless animals who experience cruelty and neglect will experience a real change, according to Isaiah 11:6-9. As for environmental concerns, Revelation 11:18 says God will “destroy them which destroy the earth.”

While humans never fully deliver on their campaign promises, God’s Word assures us at Titus 1:2 that God cannot lie. His Word always comes true.

Who else but God and His only-begotten Son as King of kings has the love, justice, wisdom and power to provide what every human has always wanted?

God has set this Kingdom in motion in heaven and it will solve the global problems humans face. How? Daniel 2:44 says, “During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever.” — New Living Translation.

This heavenly kingdom that Jesus taught his followers to seek, preach and pray for will bring true peace on earth, “one world” and “unity again in all its aspect and activities.” Do you believe in the reality of this government by God? Would you like to be among its loyal subjects?

If this is the kind of rule you desire, then follow Jesus’ advice: Seek first God’s kingdom. Tell others about this kingdom. Keep praying for it to come! Never give up hope. Because it really is coming.

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