Monday, March 30, 2015

Isaiah 25:6-9 Investing in Christ’s Millennial Kingdom

KEY VERSE: Isa 25:7-8 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 

KEY THOT: Here in this passage is a picture of “salvation” as the OT prophets understand it. It speaks of a time on planet earth when the Lord will be among his people on “this mountain”, probably a reference to Mt Zion (Jerusalem). Here the people of God (Israel and Church) come together in Jerusalem, enjoying the resurrected life with new immortal bodies in which death is forever banished. With the new resurrection life, the saints of the Millennial Reign of Christ will be co-heirs and co-rulers over the nations. The veil that has blinded people's minds to the truth will be removed during the Millennial Reign as Satan will be bound for a thousand years (Rev. 20:2-3). It will be a time of celebration and feasting: “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” 

As Singaporeans mourned the passing of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, we are made conscious of the shortness of this life. I thank God for Lee Kuan Yew who gave his entire adult life to build up Singapore. But truth be told, there is no guarantee that Singapore can survive the next 50 years. But if I were to give my whole adult life to build the Kingdom of God, I know for sure that it will be a kingdom that will last forever. The picture painted by Isaiah 25:6-9 of the first one thousand years reign under Christ is more glorious than what I can enjoy here in this short life. But unlike Lee Kuan Yew who could no longer enjoy the Singapore he had given his life to build when he died, the kingdom of God that I have given my adult life to build will be there when I die. Instead of leaving behind what I have built, I can look forward to participate in this Kingdom’s glorious abundance when I pass from this life to the next. What a glorious option: I can have the cake (in this life) and eat it (in the next life). Thank You Jesus for this privilege.

I’ve invested much of my adult life (from age 31 onwards) to help build the Kingdom of God. I may not have built churches with my name on it as “founding pastor” but I thank God that through my ministry, church pastors and leaders’ lives and ministry have been touched and transformed, not only here in Singapore but also in countries around the region. God has given me the privilege of teaching and training his servants. 

I count that as a privilege and a joyful investment of my adult life. For my remaining years, I want to invest more fully in the next generation of younger church leaders in Singapore and elsewhere in the region to mentor them to build God’s eternal kingdom in their countries that will last forever.

Father, I thank You that having invested my adult life in Your kingdom, I don't have to leave it behind when I pass from this life. Instead, I stand to gain and inherit Your kingdom in my new resurrection life. What a glorious hope. Amen.

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