I first saw the logo on hoodies worn by the Chicago Cubs. It was post-season baseball, and 2016 was supposed to be our year (no more billy-goat curse). “We Came to Reign,” the logo boasted. I thought, “That’s a pretty bold claim.” But, as the playoffs unfolded, I noticed the same logo on other team’s sweatshirts, “WE Came to Reign.” There was competition for the crown. Our pursuit of baseball’s ‘king of the hill’ would not go unopposed. There’s a lesson in that.
There’s competition for the rule of our world. “We came to reign” was the image stamped on God’s first humans. Genesis 1:28 says of Adam and Eve,
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
The verbs rule and subdue convey royal language. We were created to be co-regents with our Lord in his creation. But there was competition. When Satan came to tempt humans, it was with the same image on his “hoodie,” ‘We Came to Reign.” And when the first Adam (along with his wife, Eve) chose sin, the adversary’s influence grew. His territory was our planet as ‘Prince of this world.’ In fact, people still ache and writhe under his dark, selfish, regime. But, we have a choice.
When the Son of God came to earth, it was also with a bold statement, “I Came to Reign.” “The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news,” Mark 1:15. Jesus was saying the kingdom was near, and he was it—God’s redeeming presence and activity. He became incarnate to die for sin, pay its penalty, and take back the crown once and for all. And now, by faith, we can enter his kingdom, be restored, and receive back our rightful reign as his co-regents.
It is a bold claim. Do you believe it? 2016 is an important year for the Chicago Cubs—the year (after 108 years) we took back the crown. Today is an important day for you—a day to celebrate the reign of Christ and join him in his reign.
God bless you!