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Whose Name is Faithful and True
by Mary Alice McGinnis
When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with horses. In my collection of horses, my prize horse figurine was a white horse that was rearing up, kicking out his front legs and snorting wildly. He was strong, majestic, and breathtakingly beautiful. This came to mind as I read today’s scripture reading. Can you picture the scene?
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.” Revelation 19:11
What kind of warrior mounted such an amazing creature?
Who is this one who is called “Faithful and True?”
The One who brings justice.
The One whose eyes are like blazing fire.
The One who bears many crowns (crowns of victory and crowns of ultimate sovereignty).
One who cannot be fully known.
Dressed in a robe dipped in blood – His own blood – given for us.
Named the Word of God – the Word that became flesh and came to earth as a tiny infant.
The commander of all the Angel armies. His army also includes all the Saints who are dressed in white, having been washed clean by His blood.
The One whose only weapon is the powerful sword of His mighty Word coming out of His mouth.
He is the One who bears the wrath of God for all evil, even the sin found in my own heart.
This One who has His Name prominently displayed on His robe and on His thigh: King of King and the Lord of Lords.
Jesus, He is this is the One who came as a tiny infant, born in Bethlehem.
He went to His death on the Cross.
He is the One who conquered death by rising from the dead.
He is coming again, and He will be crowned the final Victor!
He is the KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORD!
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. . .
Who is He, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— He is the King of glory.
How do these truths change your perspective of what the coming of Jesus is all about?
Lectio – Read today’s passage through once again. Spend some time praying, reflecting and asking God to show you what you need to pay attention to. Read it again. Now ask God to help you see what this text, and the part that has stood out, may mean for YOU.
Be ready to really hear from God through His Word.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12