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  • Writer's pictureKristina Trott

Ride on ride on…and take o God your power and reign

Palm Sunday has just passed and I wonder how many congregations around the world sang this hymn?

1 Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry. O Saviour meek, pursue your road, with palms and scattered garments strowed.

2 Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die. O Christ, your triumphs now begin o'er captive death and conquered sin.

3 Ride on, ride on in majesty! The angel armies of the sky look down with sad and wond'ring eyes to see th' approaching sacrifice.

4 Ride on, ride on in majesty! Your last and fiercest strife is nigh. The Father on his sapphire throne awaits his own anointed Son.

5 Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die. Bow your meek head to mortal pain, then take, O God, your pow'r and reign[1].

Here we have the eternal living God, having come as God in the flesh, bowing His mortal head to pain and giving His life voluntarily for the sins of the world: conquering sin and death before rising again from the dead to live and reign for evermore. We sing to the ever-living Lord Jesus Christ, who has assumed power and begun to reign in great power and authority (I Cor. 15:25).

The hymn is based in part on Rev. 11:17:

We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign”.

And how has He begun to reign? For a start, all power in heaven, and in earth was given to Him at His resurrection (Matt. 28:18). He was given a name above every name (Phil. 2:9). He was exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 2:33).

And for His followers, they were given power from on high so that, armed with the Gospel, they could go out and conquer the hearts of mankind for Him to reign therein.

With the Holy Spirit now blessing the work of spreading His name, the stone that was cut from the mountain (Dan. 2:35) commenced filling the earth. Jesus is spreading His kingdom on the earth to be King over all the earth. He has always had a kingdom on earth, but now the, "greatness" of the kingdom, under the whole heaven, will finally be His.

To be a part of Jesus’ kingdom must be the greatest blessing this world can offer.

All quotations are from the NLT.

[1]Henry Hart Milman 1827

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