Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jesus Makes Us Kings (Not the Other Way Around)

"When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone." (John 6: 15)

Notice how the crowds who followed Jesus saw Him as a celebrity, and they wanted to "take Him by force".

If we take anything by force, we are implying that we have all the power.

Yet apart from Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:5)

To this day, there are many Christians pressed with the argument that they have to make Jesus Lord.

That kind of thinking makes no sense. He is already Lord, and He is already King.

How then do we honor His royalty? Not by taking him and trying to make Him King.

We respect His royalty when we allow Him to make us kings to reign with Him:

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10: 45)

and also

"29And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12: 29-32)

Notice that Jesus wants to give us the Kingdom, and it is His good pleasure to do so. Stop denying Him this pleasure in your life.

We do not make Him a King, for we are dead in our trespasses. We are completely in need, and He provides all our needs:

"15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 15-17)

and also

"4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2: 4-6)

and then

"9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." (1 Peter 2: 9-10)

and finally:

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)

Jesus wants to make us kings, to reign in life with Him. Stop trying to make Him Lord, for He already is. Let Him bless you today, king-priest in Christ!

If we do not let Jesus make us kings, how else will we be able to do this?

"10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4: 10-11)

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