Piper: No people or tribe or tongue or nation excluded


    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
        Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
    Behold, your king is coming to you;
        righteous and having salvation is he,
    humble and mounted on a donkey,
        on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
    I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
        and the war horse from Jerusalem;
    and the battle bow shall be cut off,
        and he shall speak peace to the nations;
    his rule shall be from sea to sea,
        and from the River to the ends of the earth.
(Zechariah 9:9-10 ESV)

From the conclusion of a 1989 sermon by John Piper, His Dominion Shall Be From Sea to Sea:

This king, who came in humility to Jerusalem about 1,959 years ago riding on a donkey of peace, now reigns in heaven and commands peace to all the nations. That means America and that means you. His reign begins humbly in Jerusalem, but then it spreads to all Judea and then to Samaria and then to the ends of the earth.

There is no people or tribe or tongue or nation excluded from his command to make peace with God through Jesus Christ. And therefore I can, with great confidence and even the authority of God’s Word, say to every one of you Gentiles this morning far away from Jerusalem, he is reaching out to you with peace this morning. He loves peace and hates war. He loves peace and hates hostility. He loves to bring near and hates it when there is distance and enmity and bitterness and unbelief separating you from God.

I give you one last incentive to make peace with him this morning. It says, “His dominion shall be from sea to sea.” This humble, righteous, killed, and saved and peacemaking king will one day, and perhaps very soon, come back to the earth as ruler over all the nations. There will be a judgment and only those who received the terms of peace will enter his kingdom.

In the meantime king Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth and commands all men everywhere to repent and believe in him. You are very clearly included in this word from God this morning and it is utterly important that you settle things with God today.

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