King

 

PrinceI don’t always understand royalty. I could probably get used to it, if I were made a king. In most cultures and countries, the king comes from a whole lineage of kings or royalty. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around what it might be like to be a king. I think in some ways it would be cool, but it other ways it would be annoying. I could never simply go to my favorite restaurant without an entourage. I think I would love the “high-end” living that came with it, but not the inconvenience of fame and fortune.

I was reading this morning about Jesus’ arrest and “mock trial” before the Jews. He is then taken to Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus if He’s a king. Check this out…

36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” (John 18:36-37 NLT)

Jesus is definitely a King. He is a different type of King. He doesn’t want the castle, the royalty, the wealth, the fame that comes from being a King. He is of the royal lineage of King David. The fact that He’s the Son of God, trumps any other characteristic of any type of king. He walked the streets teaching about God’s love and mercy. He had no house to call His castle. He didn’t wear fancy clothing. It is really obvious that He was different than what we know kings to be.

Jesus calmly explains to Pilate, the Roman governor, that His Kingdom is not in competition with the Roman government or any other government. He came to bring salvation to the world. He came to introduce access to Creator God. He came to introduce the Truth about God and His Kingdom. God’s Kingdom had been so distorted from what it looked like years before. We humans tend to amend things and “tweak” things to the way we like and it often changes something that is pivotal to the Word of God.

Jesus is King of my heart.

Jesus taught humility.

Jesus taught serving.

Jesus taught giving.

Jesus taught forgiving.

Jesus taught truth.

Jesus became King of my heart because of Who He is and the message that He brought to the world. He is the One & Only Son of God. He willingly went to the cross and became the Ultimate sacrifice for sin. He became King differently than any other king. He is the King who I’ve committed to following all the rest of my days. I want to live, serve, give and forgive like the King of all Kings.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

A Different Kind Of King

 

A Crown Of ThornsRoyal Gold CrownAs I look at other cultures and see their governance, I’m intrigued by “kings, queens and their children” – aka known as royalty. By very nature of being born into a particular family, they become heir to the throne or simply have continued access to the throne. One of our favorite family movies is The Princess Diaries where a young teenager from San Francisco becomes the Queen because she’s of royal blood. I think on one hand it would be cool to have that royal blood line and live in a castle with servants and have unlimited resources – but on the other hand there would be a sense of captivity in that position.

Zechariah tells Israel and Judah that they have a King that is coming and He will be different than their other kings. Check this out….

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

    Righteous and victorious,

Lowly and riding on a donkey,

    On a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim

    and the war-horses from Jerusalem,

    and the battle-bow will be broken.

He will proclaim peace to the nations.

    His rule will extend from sea to sea

    and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10 NIV)

This King will not live in a castle.

This King will reside in the hearts of everyone who welcomes Him.

This King will not tax and govern with force.

This King will govern with love, mercy and grace.

This King knows me personally – really knows me…even my thoughts.

This King loves me enough to give His life for mine.

This King wants to win my allegiance by His mere Presence.

Jesus came to earth in humility. He set up a different kind of kingdom. He didn’t come to overthrown Rome. He came to overthrow a value system and culture that said I have to be first. He made the first become last and the last become first. The greatest in His Kingdom is the servant NOT the one being served.

As I continue to surrender to the King of Kings, my values become His values…My heart yearns for the things His heart yearns for. He continues to change my perspective on world events and my daily choices. He has quite literally changed everything. He’s my King – Jesus.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

God Can Do Anything

Anything Road SignThere is one thing that God cannot do – and that is fail. He cannot fail. He does not make mistakes. He does not create something that wasn’t intended. I do think that I take things He created for good and use them for bad. God can do anything He wants at any time He wants. He can work through people who don’t even know Him. He can do good through people who are normally bad. He is the Creator of all I see and know. I remember as a kid working with clay and shaping a bowl of some sort – it was pretty crude. The bowl didn’t talk back to me. The created should show respect and honor for our Creator. Check this out….

4 For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things. (Isaiah 45:4-7 NIV)

 

I want to live the rest of my days noticing what God is doing. I also want to be an integral part of what He is doing. I would rather have the simplest of jobs to feed and clothe my family and know without a doubt that I’m in the center of God’s plan for me. I want to honor my Creator by seeking Him and serving Him all the days of my life. I want to see where He’s working and get to work serving and helping. He can do anything He wants with me. I want to be a part of something much bigger than me. I want to be a Kingdom builder with the King of Kings, the Creator God.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

My KING – Beyond Description

bookHow do you describe something that is beyond description?  I guess you would still try to describe it. I’ve tried to describe a personal experience that I’ve had with the Lord before and ran into some really tough roadblocks called words. When trying to describe the incredible majesty of God – the words just don’t exist to describe Him.  I read a chapter in Revelation and John was trying to describe what he saw – it was obviously impossible to describe – but there was no mistaking the Presence of God. Check this out…

1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy,
 our Lord and God,

    to receive glory
 and honor and power,

for you created all things,

    and by your will they were created

    and have their being.” (Revelation 4:1-2; 9-11 NIV)

 

I can only imagine based on this passage that what John saw, he didn’t quite know how to describe. He was blown away by what He saw. I imagine this to be an incredible “jaw-dropping” experience.  I see such an amazing display of honor and respect given to God by those in His Presence who know of His Power and His Creativity. Their worship and honor of Him was intense and purposeful.

I think I need to hold some of the words of the English language back to only describe the Indescribable God.  He is Awesome in Power. His Presence is undeniable. I don’t know where to begin. I found this sermon excerpt that is pretty powerful. Check this out….

http://youtu.be/upGCMl_b0n4

Pressing On!
Dwayne

 

 

King Of Kings

Royal Gold CrownIn our country, we don’t really have kings – except for the king of burgers – Burger King! :-)  We elect presidents who are the most powerful leader in our country. In Jesus day, the top leader of the government was a king. Jesus is arrested and brought to the High Priest for secret questioning. He is then taken before the governor where they are seeking a death sentence. Jesus is being questioned by Pilate. Check this out…

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:36-37 NIV)

Jesus is not just a king – He is the King of all Kings. He is God’s One and ONLY Son. He came to earth to make a way for me to get back to my Creator. Jesus is the King of  Truth. In fact He is the personification of truth. He is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”. There is no one like Him before or since. I want to live my life in honor and service to the King of all Kings – Jesus!

Pressing On!
Dwayne
A Crown Of Thorns

King

Royal Gold CrownI remember as a kid studying the kings and the way they ruled. I studied the royalty that went with the position. Their life as a king was not that easy in some ways. The kings were in constant fear of their life. They weren’t sure who they could trust and who had their best interest at heart. The King was the male ruler of an independent state or country.

In the book of  Zechariah, the prophet foretells the coming of a different King and Kingdom. Check this out….

9 Rejoice greatly, people of Jerusalem!

    Shout for joy, people of Jerusalem!
Your king is coming to you.

    He does what is right, and he saves.

    He is gentle and riding on a donkey,

    on the colt of a donkey.
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim

    and the horses from Jerusalem.

    The bows used in war will be broken.
The king will talk to the nations about peace.

    His kingdom will go from sea to sea,

    and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10 NCV)

This is how Jesus came into Jerusalem for the last time often referred to as “The Triumphal Entry”.  Jesus is a different sort of King and the people didn’t know quite what to do with a King who didn’t rule with force and legislation. Jesus came to establish a Kingdom that from the ground up is very, very different. In His Kingdom, the servant is the highest position. His Kingdom is about peace. His Kingdom is a Kingdom of Grace and Mercy.

A Crown Of ThornsThis passage also reminded me that this world is not my eternal home. The King is coming back again some day. If He doesn’t come during my lifetime, I will still spend eternity with Him. His Kingdom here pours out the Abundant Life in preparation for Eternal Life.  When King Jesus came to earth, He brought LIFE! He brought HOPE! He brought PEACE! He did it NOT by ruling, but by serving. He did it by LOVE and not by LAW!

I’m grateful to serve a King like that! I serve other at the request of my King! I’m glad He came once and I’m glad He’s coming again! Until then – I will serve Him by serving others!

Pressing On!
Dwayne