Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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“About four years ago, I put a piece of notebook paper in my Bible on which to write down things said during the meetings that really stood out to me.”
We are told that when Jesus returns to reign on the earth for a thousand years, he will rule the earth “with a rod of iron”. This gives the impression that the Lord will be a cruel, unjust Master, but that is not the case. The pain of “the rod of iron” will not be felt by any humble or righteous person. That phrase refers only to how sin and rebellion will be dealt with during the time Jesus reigns on earth. Those who rebel against Jesus’ Lordship during his reign on earth will be punished swiftly and forcefully, but that is all who will suffer the wrath of his iron rod. So, the “rod of iron” does not refer to the commandments that Jesus will issue. Jesus’ commandments, like his Father’s, “are not grievous”. The commandments of God are wonderful; they show us how to live a happy and peaceful life. The rod of iron refers only to how Jesus will respond if his commandments are not obeyed.
God is good and wise, and Jesus is the image of God. His reign on earth will reflect the heart of God. That millennial reign will be a glorious time for every soul whose heart desires peace, for Jesus’ “rod of iron” will be a source of comfort for them. It will assure them that no one but Jesus will ever again be their master.