My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, December 24, 2011
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”
(John 19:15 NASB)
Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
(John 20:18 NASB)
I was shocked at the brazen response of the chief priests when they
replied, "We have no king but Caesar." At that moment, they were not
only rejecting Jesus Christ, but they were rejecting God, the Father as
well. Those words go far beyond the moment in which they were spoken.
It reflects humanity which has rejected God and willing to compromise
with the world around them for this didn't mean that Caesar was just
their earthly king. In those days there existed the Cult of Emperor
worship and the Emperor, himself was considered deified. To say that
you have no king but Caesar, is to say that you have no god but Caesar.
In those few words we find a complete and total rejection of their
Just a chapter later we find a very simple, and yet profound
statement by Mary Magdalene. When she says, "I have seen the Lord," she
is declaring that yes, she has seen Jesus, but in direct contrast to
the chief priests, this statement declares His Kingship! Jesus is Lord!
He is the Messiah. He is God. He is our Saviour. Mary had beautiful
simple faith and she was willing to declare what she believed.
It's Christmas Eve and tonight we will go to church and worship the
true King. If we were to be honest we might admit that there are times
when we can sink to the behavior of the chief priests. Their lives
were based on human success and survival. To do that they were willing
to compromise what should have been the most basic and foundational of
their beliefs. God was their King! Even if they rejected Jesus, they
should still have acknowledged their heavenly Father but they caved and
lost their souls in the process.
When you have the chance -- what will you declare? Is Jesus King of
Kings and Lord of Lords? This is truly what we celebrate this Christmas
season. He came, He was and is the King, He will forever be our
Messiah -- and the world will never be the same.
Lord, may I be willing to declare You as my Lord to the world around me. You are my King! Amen.