(Please note that the graphic to the left is in high resolution so be sure to click on it to get a closer view.)
In the scriptures we are taught that there are two kingdoms that are presently in conflict – the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Christ. Unfortunately, at best, we often see this conflict as a cosmic, “dualistic” battle between good and evil – like we see in Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Dante’s Inferno. At worst, we view the Kingdom of Christ as puny in comparison to the Kingdom of Darkness, which we imagine as the preeminent imposing power on the earth, while satan, along with his demonic cronies, is seen as the supreme ruler of our present age. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
Christ’s Kingdom is the prevailing power.
Not in the future, but now.
Christ is sovereign.
This is our Father’s world.
When I came across the painting above I had to chuckle at the notion that Kingdom of Darkness prevails. Sadly, there seems to be a lot Christians who operate as if this painting were an accurate reflection of the conflict. In response to that notion I only reaffirm the words of Daniel as he stood before the mightiest King in the world, “In the time of kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever” (Daniel 2:44). With the work of Christ, that Kingdom has already been established and is now reigning victorious. And one day soon all menial competing kingdoms will be vanquished. The last trumpet will sound and the angel will say, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).
How does this painting strike you? I’d like to hear your comments!