Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 18, 2015:  My King, Jesus!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 290  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the group Hillsong leading worship by singing, Here I Am To Worship, … declaring what should be the attitude of all true Christians

Highlight Passage:   John 19: 19 [NKJV] …  
19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS 
…  Pilate didn’t believe it … but he had it right!
Highlight Context – John 19: 13-24 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Pilate labels Jesus as “The King of the Jews”

Reference Passage #1 - John 11:25, 14:6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
...  Jesus, … His own proclamation on His kingship and Whom we must come to worship.

Reference Passage #2 - Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK ...
… Paul exhorts us all to what should be our living sacrifice in worship of our King, Jesus.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, uses the crowning and burial place of English Regents to illustrate his teaching. He wrote, … Westminster Abbey in London has a rich historical background. In the 10th century, Benedictine monks began a tradition of daily worship there that still continues today. The Abbey is also the burial place of many famous people, and every English monarch since ad 1066 has been crowned at the Abbey. In fact, 17 of those monarchs are also buried there—their rule ending where it began. ... [But] ... No matter how grandiose their burial, world rulers rise and fall; they live and die. But another king, Jesus, though once dead, is no longer buried. In His first coming, Jesus was crowned with thorns and crucified as the “king of the Jews” (see John 19 above). Because Jesus rose from the dead in victory, we who are believers in Christ have hope beyond the grave and the assurance that we will live with Him forever. 

Prior to His crucifixion, God’s people, the Jews, had wanted to crown Jesus as their Messiah on the Sunday before these same people, just a few days later, cried for Him to be crucified. And Pilate finally put our Lord on the Cross, mocking His claims to Kingship by labeling this GodMan, with a sign which read Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews. And after His death on a cross and burial, King Jesus proved His regency over mankind by being raised from the dead … unlike all kings that had come before Him and would reign over earthly kingdoms later, … like those over England who are buried in Westminster Abbey.

 For those of us who’ve surrendered our lives, temporally and eternally, to King Jesus, the fact that our King cannot be found in any grave is our hope that we will one day be with Him in glory. So, the question today for any/all who are reading here is … IS JESUS OUR KING?!

 Because if He is, we’ll do what Paul declared boldly to Christians in Romans 12: 1-2; and we’ll do what the group Hillsong sings in today’s worshipful song. We will come and worship our King, Jesus, by living our lives as living sacrifices for our King.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, Jesus! … You are my King; and I’m here today and everyday to worship you with my living sacrifice. … Amen  

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