Therefore God has highly exalted [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Certainly thousands of people have gotten it wrong over the years about Jesus’ rule and reign. Some have made it about a particular political agenda or philosophy. Others have made it about a very narrow understanding of moral behavior. Still others have made the rule and reign of Jesus Christ all about certain theological formulas, churchly rites, or triumph of nations.
I believe Jesus’ rule and reign is all about his redemptive work taking hold in a person’s heart, and showing itself in the worship of God in truth and Spirit, love for brother and sister in Christ, and love for others that serves our neighbor’s earthly and eternal well being.
There are others who are committed to the demise of Christian thought and belief. Whether for selfish, political, religious, or social reasons, they see the rule and reign of Christ Jesus as an impediment to their agenda. They are driven by hatred, self-righteousness, willful defiance of God’s laws, or a supposed superior understanding of life and the world.
There are times and places where these are apparently winning the battle. Jesus’ followers have been murdered and persecuted. God’s ways are abandoned. Evil reigns unimpeded. Make no mistake: all is not perfectly in line with God’s will for his creatures and creation. For now.
But the day will come when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Some will do so under duress. Others will do so in joyful celebration of the consummation of Jesus’ redemption. I look forward to that day, and I’m ready for that Day!