Sounds Like Reign

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No, that’s not a misspelling. It really does sound like reign.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that one of the songs we played before the Sunday evening service was performed by a group called Sounds Like Reign. The phrase struck me and brought a smile to my face as I contemplated the truth that, yes, King Jesus is reigning! I was helpfully reminded that I need to listen up for the various sounds of his reign.

In a world filled with conflicting voices, it is easy to hear the wrong “sounds”: the sounds of fear and confusion arising from false messages about who is in control. Christians need rather to listen to the sounds of sovereignty, such as when Jesus declared, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18–19). That sounds like reign. Do you hear it? It sounds like the promise that, since King Jesus accomplished what he came to do, all that remains is the mopping up operation of gathering his willing subjects into his kingdom (Psalm 110:3).

Personally, one of the most helpful and hopeful takeaways from our recent study in Mark 15:33–39 is the response of the centurion to the Lord Jesus as he died on the cross. This man, without the benefits of witnessing what the Jewish crowds witnessed (the life and ministry of Jesus), was nevertheless enabled by God to realise that Jesus was more than a man. His confession—“Truly this man was the Son of God” (v. 39)—indicates that God had graciously opened his eyes to Jesus’ full identity.

God graced him (see 1 John 5:1, 5) to see the identity of God’s Son. God graced him with the ability see the truth and to hear the sound of the reign of King Jesus. This man, indoctrinated by the lie that Caesar is Lord, was graciously enabled by God to see that, in fact, Jesus Christ is Lord! Indeed, I am hearing what sounds like reign. I hear the sound of King Jesus gathering his subjects into his kingdom. And though, at times, it seems merely like “a little cloud like a man’s hand” (1 Kings 18:44), I definitely hear the sound of a great rain of Jesus’ saving reign. I hear the sound of the day coming when the “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters [now] cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14; see Isaiah 11:9).

I know that, often, the noise of worldliness, wickedness, and wrath can be deafening. I know that the shouts of injustice, iniquity, and indignation can, like a mute button, hinder our hearing God’s promises. I know that heartache, hard-heartedness, and hatred can be so dominating that we can barely hear anything to the contrary. This is precisely why we need to attune our ears and our eyes to the glorious person and the majestic power of the King, Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

As we read and study and pray through God’s word, we can better listen to what is really happening in the world. When we do, we will hear what sounds like reign. And then we will live like we are expecting it to pour.

Listening with you,

Doug