Rev. 19:11-16 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
I learned this song in Vacation Bible School, “I’m in the Lord’s army; I’m in the Lord’s army. I may never march in the infantry, ride in the cavalry, Shoot the artillery; I may never zoom o’er the enemy, but I’m in the Lord’s army. Yes Sir!” I had some fun as a child singing this song, especially with the hand gestures, but I didn’t know what it meant to be in the Lord’s army.
Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, …” Are you familiar with the meaning of AWOL? It means “absent without official leave.” The soldier was absent from his post without approval. Unfortunately, many soldiers of the cross have gone AWOL in the time of the battle.
Someone has said, “when you stop surrendering to God, the enemy has a field day. The enemy wrecks havoc when you stop surrendering to God.” As a soldier of the cross, it’s never too late to start doing what is right. It’s time to return to our post and surrender our lives to the one who is “riding on the white horse.” The white horse is an image of victory. Jesus is riding the white horse along with “the armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.” This is an amazing picture of the battle being over before it even begins.
Listen, the battle belongs to the Lord. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Quit fighting the battle that is not yours. Give it back to God! Soldier of the cross, we have a Commander who can be trusted, and our enemy has been defeated. John writes, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
Take time to surrender your heart to Jesus this morning. Pray for God to have more access to your life, not less. Pray for the army of the Lord at NewLife. Pray for God to strengthen the hearts of the soldiers of the cross in our city. Pray for those who AWOL to come back to Jesus this morning. It’s never too late to start doing what is right. I’m for you this morning to experience the grace and mercy of the one riding the white horse, his name is Jesus Christ! Come, Lord Jesus!