“they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (vs.14)
This chapter of Revelation is confusing (although most of Revelation has been interesting and a bit confusing as well). With lines like “was and is not and is about” (vs. 8), it can be hard to follow what is being said in this chapter. As I read and re-read this chapter, verse 14 continues to stick out. In the confusion and in the destruction that is being spoken of there is this verse (14) that makes me say “Ah, Jesus!” This verse reminds me that when I don’t understand, when I am at a loss, when all seems to be awry, yet there is Jesus and Jesus is always victorious.
Today, we enter the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. We are reminded that we are mortal, that time is fleeting, that nothing of this world lasts forever. We walk into a season of prayer, fasting, and charitable giving. I pray that you will make use of these spiritual disciplines this season AND further I pray that as you embark on this Lenten journey of spiritual reflection and renewal through these disciplines that you will grow in you faith. Lent is a time to quiet all the noise of the outside world and to quiet the noise within us. It is a time to draw close to our God. A time to return to our first love-Jesus. In this season, we will “see” anew or for the first time the places where we have pushed Jesus to the side and the places where we miss the mark and sin. There will be moments as we come face to face with our mortality and our sin that we will feel pretty cruddy and ashamed drawing closer and closer to the cross of Christ.
Like the author of Revelation, we can enter this Lent and journey through Lent with the tension of confusion, destruction (often our own self-destruction through sin), and also the knowledge that the Lamb of God is victorious. It is not yet time to celebrate the resurrection, but we journey through this serious somber season of Lent clinging to the hope of resurrection.