If I ruled the world, every day would be the first day of spring … there’d be happiness that no one could end … my world would be a beautiful place … if I ruled the world*. Except that actually it would probably be a total disaster. Because there is so much I don’t know. And unless I suddenly developed immense magical powers, there’s so much I can’t control.
We’ve been looking at what the Bible REALLY says; it says that God is the one in control. You may think, “Well, if God’s in control, you can keep God. Look at the poverty and violence and broken relationships, look at the droughts and floods and tsunamis and earthquakes.”
Yes. So what else does the Bible say? That people are free to choose who they obey. God gave good laws to the Israelite people, that reflect his character and values. He told them that he would be their ruler, all knowing, all powerful, all good. Everything that human beings aren’t.
But the people wanted to be more like other nations. They wanted their own, visible, head of state. They wanted a king. God agreed, on condition that their king and all the people continued to follow God’s laws, treating God as their ultimate King.
It didn’t go well. But God promised that at the right time he would appoint a King who is fully human, but also fully obedient to God; fair, honest, powerful and good. This King will rule not just one nation, but the whole world; and his kingdom will never end.
When Jesus was born, angels announced: God will give him the throne … and … his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33)
*From the song by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel