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Jesus is…King of Kings and Lord of Lords

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JesusWe live in a world that is often affected by tragedy and disaster. Right now our president and our country are contemplating military strikes against an Islamic group, known to support terrorists. Recently, hurricanes smashed into the lush islands of Hawaii. Even on the local level we hear of arrests made for drunk driving, drug possession and distribution, and even murder. Perhaps our own families have felt the deep pain and sad consequences of those vices.

Evil in the world around us and problems in our own lives bring fear. They bring a feeling of weakness and helplessness. Evil seems to have the upper hand. This world is out of control. We wonder, “Who is in control?”

Jesus is in control. The Bible assures us, “The Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (Revelation 17:14). At the root of all this evil is a source. Human beings are to blame. Buried deep within ourselves is an incipient need to by my own Lord and king over my own life, which means I can justify any action I take as long as it is good for me. Inevitably, this self-centered attitude plays out and results in evil. The first time it played out that way, Adam and Eve justified eating forbidden fruit and threw our entire world into turmoil. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords because he is also “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

Jesus’ rule and kingship was demonstrated in a unique way. On the cross, Jesus conquered sin. He conquered death. He conquered the devil. He conquered evil. He wasn’t caught off guard and forced to die. He has always been in control, even on the cross. Unlike us, Jesus was completely selfless, even as the true King of Kings and Lord or Lords. Jesus willingly gave his life for us, only to take it up again. His death on the cross would seem a defeat, but it was the defeat of evil, for Jesus rose again to life to assure us of his kingship.

He remains in control today. The Savior, whose love moved him to die for us, is the same Savior whose love leads him to rule everything for our eternal good. When you abandon your need to be your own lord and king and live trusting in Jesus’ kingship and lordship, your fears are calmed and you are strengthened to face the challenges of your life.

Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords is in control. He speaks to you through his Word, the Bible. There you hear his promises. There you receive his comfort and are assured of his kingship.

– “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  – John


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Jesus is…Our Righteousness

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JesusHave you been doing any biking, hiking, or running this summer? What happens when you do? You sweat, right? You feel dirty. You feel gross. Even to simply step outside with the humidity lately will get you to that point: sweaty, dirty, gross. The shower brings relief and coolness. Then you can put on a dry and clean shirt and you feel refreshed. At that moment it is as if there is nothing that feels better than a crisp, clean set of clothes.

Do you ever consider the spiritual clothes you wear? We have all made our spiritual clothes sweaty, dirty and gross. Our unkind words and self-centered thoughts are like mud caked on our spiritual shirts. Then, just like your mom used to say to you as a child, God would have to say to you, “You cannot step foot in this house with those clothes on! You are filthy!”

We need a crips, clean set of clothes. Jesus lived a completely righteous life. His spiritual clothes were never stained with a single sin. Jesus says to you, “Change shirts with me.” He put on your shirt stained with sin, and in exchange he gave you his crisp, clean shirt. That’s what the Bible means when it says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It was because Jesus wore our sinful clothes that he suffered and died on the cross. In exchange, he gave us his sinless clothes. Now, when God looks at us, he does not see dirty, sinful clothes. Instead, he sees the crisp, clean clothes of Jesus. The Bible puts it this way: “He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

We haven’t lived a perfect life, but Jesus has. He lets that perfect life count for us. That is what makes Jesus “The LORD Our Righteousness,” (Jeremiah 23:6). Righteousness is a clean set of spiritual clothes. Jesus is your righteousness.

The next time you finish a strenuous activity, remember with joy that Jesus put on your grimy, sinful clothes. When you open your dresser and find a neatly folded shirt, remember that Jesus put a fresh, clean shirt on you. You are clothed in his perfect righteousness, and there is nothing that feels better than a crisp, clean set of clothes!

In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.

– Jeremiah


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