Oceans Rise, Empires Fall
In Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster Broadway hit “Hamilton,” King George sings to his rebellious colonies as if they were his “kept” woman—a woman now in the act of spurning his “love.” The song’s title is “You’ll Be Back” and the ruler of the British Empire belts out this threat. “Oceans rise, empires fall, we have seen each other through it all, and when push comes to shove, I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love.”
In 1776 King George ridiculed the Declaration of Independence and got it wrong about his colonies coming back. He did get it right about oceans rising and empires falling, but he never would have dreamed that in December of 1943, General Eisenhower of the U.S. would take over as Supreme Allied Commander.
The British Empire did fall and given enough time, America, too, will lose its position as King of the Mountain. Empires believe they will last forever, but Dr. Luke reminds us that there’s only one that actually does. And it’s not Britain, the U.S., Russia, China, Iran, Iraq or some super global state.
During the forty days that the resurrected Jesus made concrete appearances to His disciples on earth before ascending to heaven, He continued to focus their attention on the Kingdom that needs to demand our attention and allegiance.
“In the first account, O Theophilus, I presented to you all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day He was taken up. Before His ascension He gave an order by the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. He also presented Himself to them definitely alive after His suffering, giving convincing proofs that His resurrection was a fact. He appeared to them over forty days and spoke to them about the Kingdom of God.” Luke 1:1-3
This introduction bridges the gap between the Book of Luke and the Book of Acts. It moves us to ask why the disciples need to wait in Jerusalem, and it assures us that our core belief is true. Jesus’ historical resurrection is based upon reliable eyewitness testimony. Luke is not teaching us how to live a good moral life. He’s challenging us to declare that Jesus reigns in the only Kingdom that will never fall.
LORD, thanks for the confidence that Your Son’s Kingdom will never fall in spite of the rising oceans and the falling empires. Thanks that Jesus will never disappoint me by leaked emails or videos.
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