There is coming a moment in history when everything as we know it will change. As Christians, we often pray for this moment (come, Jesus, come!), eager to be in the arms of the Savior who loves us.
But when we behold Him, I don't believe there will be an ounce of us that will be able to stand. The sight of Him returning will be the end of everything we know, as we know it. Time and Choice will be no more. He will be both righteous judge and righteous warrior. The description that Revelation offers strikes in me both awe and terror. If ever there was a picture of a warrior, this is it:
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
I cannot read this without chills rushing through me. This brings so many emotions to the surface. I know for whom He is waging war, and I know what side I am on. But I still don't know that I will not tremble at the sight of this mighty Warrior. The fact that He is Faithful, True, Righteous and Fair makes this even more monumental, because there have been great warriors throughout history, but none that perfectly embody all that is right and good and of God.
In this season, we celebrate that unto us, a Child is born, a Son is given. But it would do us good to also remember that this Child grows into the greatest Warrior in the world and the battle that He leads will be the greatest in the history of the world.