Lenten Devo 20: For Thine is the Kingdom

**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever”. It fell on Day 37 of this series.**

Reading: Matthew 26:50-54
“For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

This is such a powerful phrase.  It makes me reflect on the power of the kingdom of God.  It makes me think about the glory of God.

I find myself thinking about the time in Matthew 26:50-54 there is this riveting scene which takes place just before Jesus surrenders himself up to be sacrificed on the cross for our sins.

The guards have come to arrest Jesus, and Peter the rock draws out his sword to defend his master.  Maybe it was the first time Peter had actually handled a sword, or maybe it was for a different reason, but Peter strikes a blow with that sword and chops off the ear of one of the high priests servants.  The servant was probably unarmed.  Jesus rebukes Peter, bends down to pick up the man’s bloody ear, and then reattaches it.  Let me say that again.  He reattached the man’s ear.  If this section of physical healing isn’t dripping with the power of heaven, then maybe what Jesus says next is.  Jesus says “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

In a Roman legion there are 6,000 soldiers.  If Jesus could easily call 12 legions of 6,000 that would be 72,000 angels.  And Jesus makes that sound easy!

The day Jesus was born in a manger was the day that Heaven stopped threatening to break through, and began to overflow into this world.  Ever since that day the power of heaven has been shining through the Holy Spirit, and we should take comfort in the fact that God’s kingdom is one of power and glory!

Prayer Focus: Today let’s pray for those involved in bowls.

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