Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The King has taken the throne

Now that good Friday and Easter are over 
what did it all mean?

Paul, the apostle, describes it this way,

"I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. 

This is the same mighty power 
that raised Christ from the dead 
and seated him in the place of honor 
at God’s right hand 
in the heavenly realms. 

Now he is far above
 any ruler 
or authority 
or power 
or leader 
or anything else—
not only in this world 
but also in the world to come...forever! 

God has put all things 
under the authority of Christ 
and has made him head 
over all things..."  
-Ephesians 1

Do you realize what this passage means?  It means that Christ is king of EVERYTHING!  Right now, at this very moment, he's fully in charge of everything!! 

You don't have to worry about the next president, about terrorists, the economy or anything else.  

All that's important for us is that we acknowledge the king.  When we do that, really do that, we lay our fears, our worries, our pains and so much more at his feet and surrender to his rule over everything, even his rule over US!

Paul describes a day in Philippians when everyone, literally everyone who has ever lived, will acknowledge Christ as king....in fact, here's a few who will bow before him-  Hitler, Stalin, Caesar, Washington, Putin, Mohammad, ISIS soldiers, Hindu worshippers, atheists, agnostics, Mormons, 
literally everyone!  

 Paul describes it in this way,

"God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,

that at the name of Jesus 
every knee should bow,
  in heaven 
and on earth 
and under the earth,

and every tongue declare 
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father."
-Philippians 2

We just celebrated good Friday and Easter, the empty cross and the empty tomb.  

The apparent defeat of Christ on the cross, and the ultimate victory of Christ from the tomb, 

but these verses tell us more about what happened when Jesus ascended to his Father...

they tell us, after paying for sin on planet earth, 

he became King of everything.  

And today, at this very moment, he's still king...even if you don't like it, he's still king.

And one day, we each will bow before him and acknowledge he is the king!

The entire gospel is about this one thing- 

the kingdom has come 
and God is inviting men and women 
to come and be part of it.  

The king has taken the throne!  

Jesus Christ is that king,
the king of everything!

Is he your king?

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