For The Kingdom: Joy-Filled Living In Difficult Days | Day 29

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11

Jesus is dead.  He breathed His last and the light of His flame was extinguished.  That’s it, it’s over, you can all go home now.  Someone named Joseph of Arimathea was kind enough to take His body and seal Him behind the mighty stone of a borrowed tomb.  Jesus was a good teacher, an example, a model and inspirational leader, but His run is over. End of story.

In our previous blogs, we remembered that Jesus is the Servant King who made himself nothing, took the form of a servant and became obedient to the will of the Father, dying on the cross for the sin of mankind in order to satisfy the wrath of God.  We remember Christ’s sacrificial death on Good Friday.  If this was the end of the story, Jesus would most likely have been forgotten as another would-be Messiah who died for his cause.  If He were to be remembered at all, it would have been as an inspirational teacher who taught us how to live a new way.  The story, however, was far from over.  It was only beginning…

“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.” Matthew 28:1-9

Through His resurrection, Jesus the Servant King revealed Himself as Jesus the Sovereign King.  The word “Sovereign” means “the supreme ruler, possessing supreme or ultimate power.”  There is no greater power, than the power to defeat sin and death! And that is what Christ did in His Resurrection! He defeated sin and death so that we could have forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  Jesus, the suffering servant King who was sacrificed for sins of mankind is not the end of the story.  Jesus is the Sovereign King who conquered the grave! He is worthy of all of our worship and honor.  That’s My King! S.M. Lockridge, a great preacher once preached this message, entitled, “That’s My King!”  Enjoy this beautiful video which has been produced from a highlight of this message.

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