Revelation 19:11–16 (ESV)
The Rider on a White Horse
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written
that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes
a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
I love horses and today we have them. I grew up in the best of both worlds, with that I mean that I grew up in the big city and in the country at the same time. During the week, I lived in Houston, TX and
on weekends I was in Columbus, TX on the family ranch. I grew up on horses. Mine was about the meanest and most unfriendly horse a person could have. I’m convinced that horse was evil and possessed (well... could have been).
The horse’s name was Rebel and he was rebellious. I didn’t name him, he came with that name. Boy do I have stories to tell about that horse. My brother’s horse was Jainey and she was a great horse. I have also ridden
a few bulls in my life (bragging rights), but when I say a few, I mean only a few and no more. So today’s reading makes me smile and ooh and aah with all the horses. The “one sitting on the horse” is Jesus. He has
been called a “Faithful and True witness” earlier in Revelation. Also, the name “The Word of God” ties right into John’s Gospel in chapter one that calls Jesus “the Word.” Behind
him are the armies of heaven wearing white robes and on white horses. As I write this article, it is Holy Week with tomorrow being Easter. It was just a week ago (Palm Sunday) that Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Contrast Jesus
riding to his death on a donkey and coming in judgement on a horse. There is actually a lot to this. When a king would ride into a city on a donkey, the king came in peace. This was a sign that the king was coming for war, because the
king cannot get away or doing really anything in a hurry on a donkey. I’ve ridden a few donkeys in my life and I went where they wanted to go. They are stubborn, but not too bad. One would not want to charge into battle on a donkey.
In contrast, a horse is not like a donkey and will charge into battle at the command of it’s rider. A king on a horse entering a city was perceived to be a threat of war and ready for battle. Jesus entered Jerusalem (the name Jerusalem means
“City of Peace”) riding on a donkey. He came in peace. Yet at the Second Coming, He does not come in peace, but for judgement. Jesus is not coming to mess around, He means business and He brings backup, the armies of heaven.
The battle has already been won on the cross, but He comes to clean up Satan’s mess. He is a King on horseback ready for war. "16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." I pray:
Oh King of kings and Lord of lords, you have won the battle and already defeated Satan. Your army is might and unbeatable. You are my protection and my Savior. You saved me from death and the devil and delivered me into your righteous kingdom.
This is not my doing, but yours. I give thanks for my Salvation and I praise you for your great mercy and grace. I know what I deserve, for I have sinned. But you have forgiven me through your life, death, and resurrection on the Cross.
To you I give all honor as I prepare to celebrate Easter! Amen!