“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” Matthew 6:13

The prayer culminates in an acknowledgment of who God is as our Creator God, Heavenly King, and Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It also reminds us that God’s kingdom will be the final kingdom that will overtake all others and last for eternity. We can be assured that God’s kingdom is coming and will never end! This was prophesied much throughout the Old Testament. When Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue, he stated, “In the time of those 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” (Dan 2:44). King David’s prayer also reflects this as he praised God when he was commissioning Solomon to build the temple, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chron 29:10-13).

Also Paul in his explanation of the order of the resurrection states of Jesus, “Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:24-26). And this is the hope that God gives us, that the Messianic King that was prophesied to come, has now indeed come and has delivered His salvation to His people and that He will be coming a second time, not to die as a sacrifice, but to bring His kingdom to completion, extinguish sin, death, and the devil, and reign as the true King of the universe. So we say along with John at the completion of the book of Revelation, “Come Lord Jesus!”

 

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