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Are You the King of the Jews?

April 19, 2019

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Are You the King of the Jews?

That was a most important question  during Jesus’ trial  that really needed answering.     Mark 15:2-3  records:

And Pilate questioned Him,  “Are You the King of the Jews?”     And answering  He said to him,  “It is as you say.”

And the chief priests began  to accuse Him harshly.

These questions and accusations took place  when Jesus was on trial  before Pilate.     But,  what does it matter  that Jesus said He was the King  of the Jews?     What’s so serious  about that?

Way back  in the days of Samuel,  Israel had no earthly king,  but they wanted  to be like the other nations  with an earthly king.     Samuel was very upset  with the people,  because as things were governed,  God was their king.     When Samuel prayed  to the LORD about this,  God replied  in 1 Samuel 8:7,

“Listen to the voice  of the people  in regard  to all that they say  to you,  for they have not rejected you,  but they have rejected Me   from being king  over them.”

Although God allowed Israel  to then have an earthly king,  He also warned them  of all the ways earthly kings  abuse the people they lead.     God let all these things happen  in order to lead the way  in bringing about His promise  of a Savior.     All this coincides  with Isaiah 44:6,  prophesying about our Redeemer,  LORD,  and King.     It says,

Thus says the LORD,  the King of Israel    
And his Redeemer,  the LORD of hosts;   
‘I am the first  and I am the last,    
And there is no God  besides Me.’

Our Redeemer is LORD of lords,  God of gods,  and King of kings.     The chief priests  at Jesus’ trial  did not want to see it  that way  because Jesus did not look like royalty — or God.     Their minds could not fathom  such a lowly king.

What do our minds and hearts allow us  to see?     We have the opportunity  to compare all the Old Testament prophesies  with their New Testament fulfillments.     That indicates eternal power  at work.     And,  that is why God said  in Isaiah,  “I am the first  and I am the last,  and there is no God  besides Me.”

Jesus was claiming He is God — God eternal — and that there is no other.     That was a lot to grasp  as they looked at Him  all beaten up  and with a crown of thorns.

So,  what are we going to do  with this Jesus,  who claims to be  the King of the Jews and LORD God eternal?     How will we judge Him?     Will we let Him rule  our daily lives?     Whatever we end up doing,  it won’t affect the eternal truth  of His kingship.     We can point  to all the troubles  in this world  and claim we would fix it all.     But,  we’re forgetting  that all these sorts of troubles  have been prophesied  thousands of years ago.     We don’t have the power  to “fix” anything.    

Jesus is our King and Judge  no matter what we think  or feel.

Seeing the glorious wonders  of His love and faithfulness  towards us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  it takes a lot of power,  love,  and faithfulness  on Your part  to want to save any  of us.     But,  You graciously do so.     Blessed be Your holy Kingship!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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