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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
When Satan tempted Jesus during his forty day fast in the wilderness, he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus knew that the world was in Satan's power. And this was precisely why Jesus came to overthrow Satan's power and rulership over the earth. Jesus knew that the way to victory was through submission to his Father's will and through the sacrificial offering of his life upon the cross for the sins of the world. Jesus was crucified for his claim to be the Messianic King who would rule not only over his people Israel but ultimately over all the nations as well. Kingship today seems antiquated, especially in democratic societies where everyone is treated equal and free. God at first did not want to give his people Israel a king. God alone was their King and they needed no other. Nonetheless, God relented and promised his people that through David's line he would establish a kingship that would last for eternity. The Jews understood that the Messiah would come as king to establish God's reign for them. They wanted a king who would free them from tyranny and from foreign domination. Many had high hopes that Jesus would be the Messianic king. Little did they understand what kind of kingship Jesus claimed to have. Jesus came to conquer hearts and souls for an imperishable kingdom, rather than to conquer perishable lands and entitlements. As Jesus was dying on the cross, he was mocked for his claim to kingship. Nonetheless, he died not only as King of the Jews, but as King of the nations as well. His victory over the power of sin, Satan, and the world, was accomplished through his death on the cross and his resurrection. Jesus exchanged a throne of glory for a cross of shame to restore us from slavery to sin to glory with God as his adopted sons and daughters. In the Book of Revelations Jesus is called King of kings and Lord and lords.
Today's Scripture: Luke 23:35-43 (November 17, 2013)
Prayer ...
Holy God, we thank you for the simple, challenging and enduring truth of Jesus' Lordship. Through you Spirit, we pray that you will conform our life to more closely reflect his lordship in our work, our family, and daily influence. In the name of the Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
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