“Hi-Yo Silver, away!" Revelations 19:11-16
Growing up in the mid-west, our Saturday morning was filled with my favorite shows: The Lone Ranger, Sky King, and My Friend Flicka. You got it … I couldn’t get enough horses in my life!
When I received my first bible (an original Revised Standard Version) I was thrilled when I found the Concordance. Predictably, I looked up those passages containing horses. Imagine my wonder when I found a verse that talked about the Lone Ranger!
Revelations 19:11: Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
Surely, the stories about my TV hero were learned from the Jesus stories in my Bible. The Lone Ranger always came in on Silver and he corrected injustices. And Jesus would always come back on his white horse to save us. Then came the next verse …
Revelations 19:12: His eyes are like flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he had a name inscribed that no one knows but himself.
As a third grader, I am pretty sure that I didn’t know what all of that meant, but I did imagine Jesus just as I saw the Lone Ranger, with a big white hat and a mask to obscure his identity. We all knew that a white hat meant that he was a good guy, and he had to hide his identity so that the bad guys couldn’t find him.
As I got older, I forgot about these verses, but the pages are dog-eared and my bible appears well-used. It could be that we got a Good News Bible in middle-school; and that’s about the time when we stopped investigating The Bible and started studying the parts that we had to learn. Maybe it is time to take another look …
Dear Lord, Maybe now is the time for us to forget our old ideas about parts of The Bible and re-read them as a child might, with innocence, naiveté, and dreams. Let us see the new meanings of words that have evolved over the centuries, and let us feel the light of your salvation as we bring these words to life in our lives. Amen.
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
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