Posts Tagged ‘King

24
Oct
16

The King Of Our Hearts

John 6:14-15 (NIV)

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

They were looking for a king who would be like David. One who would put Israel back on the map. One who would overthrow the Romans. Surely, Jesus was the king for whom they were looking. He must have been the Messiah! After all, who else could do the amazing things He had been doing?
He was not the king for whom they were looking. Jesus did not come to be seated on a throne in a palace. Jesus came to be seated on the throne of our hearts. Yes, Jesus is the Messiah. He is the One whom the Father promised to send to save us. He did not come to save us from political enemies or persecutors. He came to save us from our sins.
So that is why Jesus withdrew from the people. He did not come to storm the gates of Jerusalem to overthrow the government on that day.  He entered Jerusalem by way of a lowly donkey to die for the sins of the world at a later time. Jesus refused to succumb to the pressure to be what everyone wanted Him to be. Instead, He knew His purpose and He knew the Father’s plan and He stuck to them.
Don’t make Jesus out to be something other than who He really is. He wants to be your Savior and your Friend. He wants to be your Lord and your King. He will not settle for anything less than being the Lord of your life. His rightful place is not as the leader of a nation. His rightful place is to be the King of your heart. Surrender and submit to His lordship and leadership today.
PRAYER: Father, help me to submit to Jesus’ authority in my life. Help me to make Jesus the King of my heart. I want to serve Him and love Him more and more each day. In His name, amen.
01
Jul
16

Jesus: Our Perfect Priest And King

Zechariah 6:9-15 (NIV)

The word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak. 12 Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. 13 It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’ 14 The crown will be given to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the Lord. 15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord your God.”

 
The prophet Zechariah was told in this vision to symbolically crown the high priest, Joshua. Zechriah is told that Joshua would rebuild the temple.  Earlier in this prophetic book, it was the governor Zerubbabel who would be crowned and would rebuild the temple. Both of these men point to a future Branch (a title for the Messiah, Jesus Christ) who would rebuild a future glorious temple from where He would reign forever.
Jesus is the perfect Priest and King ruling over everything. He is the Branch from which all of His people are sustained and given life. He is ruling on His throne in the Heavenly temple.  He will return to earth one day to rule forever and ever. Jesus is our Savior and Deliverer. He has rescued us and delivered us from the dominion of darkness. Let us live our lives in the service of our perfect Priest and King. He intercedes for us and He rules and reigns over us. He is Jesus, the Messiah and He is worthy of glory, honor and praise.
PRAYER: I praise You, Lord Jesus, for You are majestic and glorious. You rule and reign in power at the right hand of the Father forever and ever. I join with the angels around the throne who worship You. May I serve and love You always for You are God. Amen.
03
Mar
16

You Are A Child Of The King

1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
 
I do not believe that everyone is a child of God.  Those who have received His gift of love through Jesus Christ are the true children of God.  In the previous verse (1 John 2:29, NIV), John says:

If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

Knowing Jesus and doing what is right is the prerequisite of being born of Him.  To be a child of God, one must be adopted into God’s family.
Don’t get me wrong.  Everyone is a creation of God and made in His image.  We all bear the image of God.  Everyone is loved by God as well.  He loves the world.  That means everyone!  But the special relationship of the Father to His children is reserved for those who have been born of Him.  I believe that there is a clear distinction between God’s children and God’s creation.
So what does this mean?  It means that God’s family isn’t big enough yet.  If you are a part of God’s family, your job is to bring potential brothers and sisters into the family.  There are many who will still put their faith and trust in Jesus and be made part of the family.  Let’s go get them!
It also means that you have a special place in God’s family.  You are a child of the King!  You are His son or His daughter.  That means you are His prince or His princess.  No matter what the world may tell you, you are God’s precious child and He loves you so very much.
PRAYER: Help me to hear Your voice today, Father.  Help me to know and to feel Your love.  I thank You for making me a part of Your family.  May I have opportunities to bring others in by Your grace.  Amen.
31
Dec
15

Jesus – The Good Shepherd King

Micah 5:1-6 (NIV)

Marshal your troops now, city of troops,
    for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
    on the cheek with a rod.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peace
    when the Assyrians invade our land
    and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
    even eight commanders,
who will rule the land of Assyria with the sword,
    the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.
He will deliver us from the Assyrians
    when they invade our land
    and march across our borders.

 

Micah prophesied the coming of the Messiah in clear terms in chapter 5, verse 2.  This Messiah would come from the city of David, Bethlehem, which was about 5 miles outside of Jerusalem.  Jerusalem would be laid to waste by the Babylonians after being besieged by King Nebuchadnezzar.  Though the city would be destroyed, God promised to send a Ruler who would restore Israel.  King Zedekiah was the last human king over Judah until the Messiah appeared.

Jesus, the Messiah, was no ordinary King, though.  Whereas many of Israel’s kings had failed throughout history, Jesus would never fail.  Even though He was crucified and killed, He would rise triumphantly over death and the grave!  He is the victorious Shepherd King of the world.  He does not rule His subjects with an iron scepter.  Rather, He lovingly leads and guides as the Good Shepherd who cares for His sheep.  His people will live in safety and security:

And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth. – Micah 5:4b (NIV)

As God’s people, Jesus’ followers have the security of eternal life by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Nothing can take us out of the hands of God except for ourselves.  But why would we ever choose to walk away from our God?  Why would we ever want to leave home?  God has provided all that we need, including the security of our home with Him.  Let us listen for the voice of our Shepherd and honor Him as our King by following Him where He leads.

PRAYER: Father, I thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, the Messiah.  I ask that today You would remind me of blessed assurance of my salvation by Your grace.  Thank You for rescuing me and saving me.  Help me to rest in Your promises, for I know that they are true.  Amen.
30
Dec
15

God Is The King

Micah 4:6-13 (NIV)

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will gather the lame;
    I will assemble the exiles
    and those I have brought to grief.
I will make the lame my remnant,
    those driven away a strong nation.
The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion
    from that day and forever.
As for you, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
    kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”

Why do you now cry aloud—
    have you no king?
Has your ruler perished,
    that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
    to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
    there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you
    out of the hand of your enemies.

11 But now many nations
    are gathered against you.
They say, “Let her be defiled,
    let our eyes gloat over Zion!”
12 But they do not know
    the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
    that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion,
    for I will give you horns of iron;
I will give you hooves of bronze,
    and you will break to pieces many nations.”
You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord,
    their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

​In verses 1-5, Micah tells of a time when not only Jerusalem would be restored, but a Heavenly Jerusalem would be God’s dwelling place with His people.  But, before that could happen, the people of God would be carried off into exile by the Babylonians because of their sinfulness.  God had warned His people time and time again.  They had rejected Him as God and as their King.  They worshiped false gods and listened to false prophets.  Their leaders were corrupt and they exploited the poor for their own gain.  God’s people had turned their backs on Him and now He would discipline them to bring them back to Him.
But they would not be in exile forever.  God was going to restore Jerusalem.  He was going to rescue and redeem His people.  A King would be restored to Zion and His name is Jesus.  He came riding into Zion on the back of a donkey.  He gave up His life in Jerusalem for the sins of not only God’s people, but the whole world.  It was in Zion where Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for humanity.  It is in the Heavenly Zion where He will reign forever and ever with His people.  God will triumph over His enemies and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God.  This is a certainty, not a dream.  This is a fact, not mere hopeful thinking.  This is our future and our hope.
PRAYER: Father, I long to be in Your presence for eternity.  I look forward to the day when You will make all things new and right all the wrongs.  I know that because of Your free gift of love and grace that I will spend eternity with You.  Until that day, help me to remain faithful to Jesus.  In His name, amen.
22
Dec
15

Seeking The King

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
” `But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ ” — Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV)

I find it interesting that the Magi were seeking the King and the religious leaders of Israel were not.  How could those who were so close have been so far?  How could those who were supposed to be looking for the Messiah miss Him when He was right under their noses?  They knew the right answers.  They knew the Scriptures.  They had been to Sunday (Saturday?) school and had heard these things from the prophets for many years.  How did they miss Jesus?  It’s because they weren’t looking for Him.  The Magi came from far away and found Him because they were seeking the King.

I wonder if we are sometimes too close to see what is so obvious.  When it comes to the answers to the big questions of life, perhaps we miss them because we’re not seeking the right things.  What were the chief priests and teachers of Israel looking for that caused them to miss the Messiah?  I’m not really sure.  Maybe they were trying so hard to protect their positions and their power that they couldn’t focus on what really mattered most.  Maybe we miss the real meaning of Christmas because we’re too focused on other things.  The real message of Christmas is to seek the King who came to seek and save us.  We get too caught up in the season and all its trappings that we forget to take time to seek the Savior.  Maybe we’re too familiar with the story that we’ve lost its wonder.  Perhaps we’re more worried about following rules than about having a relationship with the God who desires that above everything else.  This year, don’t miss the Christ because you’re “celebrating” Christmas.  Seek the King!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to seek YOU this year.  I don’t want to miss You because I’m more focused on things that don’t really matter.  Help me to make You the King of my heart and I ask this in Your holy name, amen.

14
Jul
15

Jesus Is Our High Priest

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church from 7/12/2015.  This sermon is based on Hebrews 4:14-5:10.




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