All Authority over Heaven and Earth

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Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim, were released from a North Korean jail this past week, through negotiations by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. This was considered a gesture of good will by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, in preparation for the leadership summit being scheduled between him and the President of the United States in a couple of weeks. Many people were delighted to watch the two leaders cross each other’s boarder on the Demilitarized Zone dividing North from South Korea. And there are people wanting to give credit to where credit is due. There is no doubt the strong rhetoric coming from the White House helped bring these negotiations about. Sanctions also played a role, tightening boarder controls and movement of goods. At the same time, the desire to reunite Korea as one nation was a dream among two generation of Koreans who were originally burdened by the military solution. It is also no secret that South Korea has a huge Christian Population with many large churches that have sent out missionaries of the gospel throughout the world. The world was most recently wowed by South Korea’s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games and the impressive electronic displays in its opening and closing ceremonies. The economic difference alone between North and South Korea is staggering, with the North being impoverished and the South being very successful. The situation is not that much unlike what the world witnessed in the collapsing of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany. But, I have to believe that the greater power at work in these negotiations is the grace and power of Jesus Christ, at work in the hearts of countless sisters and brothers in Christ who have been fervently praying for negotiations and a day such as this. I would consider this to be further evidence of the Lordship of Jesus Christ, whose ascension we celebrated again this past week. This world still belongs to God, and Jesus is still sitting at his Father’s right hand, with all authority over heaven and on earth. Our prayer is that His kingdom may continue to come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Karin Terpstra