Lesson for the Lord’s Day

And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness doth He judge and make war. Revelation 19:11

Faithful and True, what a lovely name! Of course, this name must refer to the Lord Jesus. This is not the first time that we find this term in our Bible, in fact, it is not the first time we find it in the book of the Revelation. If we go back to Chapter 3, we find the One addressing the assembly at Laodicea identified as the faithful and true Witness. Maybe we should pay particular attention today to this One, seeing that He is identified as the Witness to the period of history identified as our own time. How significant is is it today that He is faithful and true?

My wife was scouring the flyers for the various grocery stores in our area, looking for the weekly bargains at each, and deciding what stores we would visit to do our shopping. She observed that, with the rising price of food, we could not afford to be faithful to any one store. Not being faithful is a common theme of life these days. When I was working in the information technology field, I found that most IT workers spend little more than two years at any one company before moving on to a new employer or project. Such lack of faithfulness to an employer may well be true in other industries as well. Lack of faithfulness is responsible for the breakdown of so many marriages, as partners quickly weary of each other and move on to somebody else. The courts are filled with legal battles over one party or another failing to live up to contractural obligations. Faithful people are becoming the exception in our day, and those who are faithful are often mocked as old-fashioned and out of touch with reality. Against such a shameful backdrop we can appreciate One Who is not only always faithful, but Whose very name is Faithful.

One of Jesus’ great proclamations during His earthly ministry was His identification of Himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). We know that His Word is always true, and His words have ever been truth. No lies or deceit like the rest of us, of whom Scripture declares that all men are liars (Psalm 116:11). And now our text tells us that His very name is True. What a wonderful comfort to know that our Lord and Saviour is the One Who can always be trusted.

The Faithful and True is the perfect judge to correct the evils of this world, and the perfect warrior to destroy the enemies of the Lord’s people. The Faithful and True is moving today, and moves forever, in righteousness. – Jim MacIntosh

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