King James Version (KJV)
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Jesus is King!
I was working on a project for our upcoming church anniversary this Sunday where I needed a picture to convey the idea of kingdom. It's my habit to start with Google Images when I'm brainstorming about visual ideas.
When I googled various combinations of kingdom and Jesus and conqueror, what caught me off guard was the utter lack in the pictures of the strength of our Savior. There was picture after picture of perceived images of Jesus, but always with the same soft or even defeated expression.
We talked about a similar subject in our disciples class last night...we want to have a say in the actions that are wholly in the hands of our Savior. We want to 'earn' salvation and we can't. It has to be received. We want our works to be big and grand so we can say 'look what I did' but if the work is outside the calling, it's just disobedience. We want images drawn of Jesus to show His sweetness and mercy. Though His compassion is unquestioned, His strength cannot be ignored.
Jesus is Lord. He is part of the God Head. The earthly embodiment of the eternal God. He is the firstborn Son of God, sent to redeem the world to the Creator, who sits at the right hand of the Father awaiting the time to return and reclaim all that are His.
We serve a risen Savior. He's no longer nailed to the cross. He overcame that before He left the earth the first time. He's not a baby. We are coming into that season of celebration where we'll have endless images and effigies of the 'Baby Jesus'. He grew up. He's not only the Savior who taught us to 'suffer the children to come unto him' but also the Savior who threw out vendors from the temple and called the established religious leaders vipers to their faces.
THIS is the Savior, the Lord we serve. He reigns. He rules. And He never asks for our opinion on His rule, just our willingness to accept and our humility to obey.
So this encouragement is for all of us to press in to see the Savior in the fullness of who He is. He is much more than we can imagine. He is all in all.
He said He was the door. A door withstands everything the outside throws at it to protect what is inside. Everyone who comes in your house walks through the door. Only those who wish to harm you avoid it, and have to first get passed the door either by breaking it down, or finding a break in the wall.
When Jesus is the door, the very gates of Hell fall short in attempts to breech.
He is King! He is Lord! The question is, are you His?
King James Version (KJV)
10 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Our sixth church anniversary is this weekend. I hope you will join us, through the Door as we celebrate this occasion.
Saturday we will have a carnival from 11-3. Sunday morning, in addition to our regular service, we will have a second service at 3:00 PM where Pastor Norman Bradfield from Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio will bring the Word.
But whether you come to help us praise God for our past and future, or you come to come through the Door, we are here for you, ready and willing to walk with you as you grow in Christ.
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