He. Is. King.
Jesus as King. The Kingdom of God is not a democracy. Always said it, never really grasped the truth contained and my response to it. I’m guessing it’s part of being a pastor’s kid, the trap of “knowing it” without really knowing it. But that’s a soapbox moment for another day. King. Different things come to mind when people hear this word. Some think of Martin Luther King Jr, some think of medival times, complete with tyrants and their tirades. Others think of responses to the presence of a king. People would bow, be silent, obey (although some not willingly). There have been good kings, even great kings. There have also been horrible kings. But the fact is, the response to being in the presence of a king is this: Respect. Humility. Commitment.
Jesus is our King, but we treat Him more like a marianet (not sure how to spell it but the puppets on a string thing). We tell Him to go here, to go there, to control this aspect of our lives, but stay out of this area. And so on and so forth. But here’s the thing. When we speak/sing/think of Jesus as King, as our King, our response should be even greater than that of being in the presence of an earthly king.
We are not citizens of a kingdom that is weak, mild, compartmentalized. We are a part of THE Kingdom, ruled by a King who is full of Truth, Courage, Wildness, Motivation. We are a part of a Kingdom whose King is a Warrior. And who demands nothing but the utmost obedience and commitment from us.
A commitment that, in my mind, is shown in this story out of 2 Samuel 23. “Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.”
To me, that shows nothing other than commitment. Eleazar stood next to his king, willing to lay down his life if it came to it. And the hand freezing to the sword is an actual medical condition too. So they weren’t exaggerating or beefing the story up. It happened. I love that the Bible includes the part of the men of Israel taunting the Philistines, but when the Philistines got up to fight, they ran. All but two men. David and Eleazar.
Anyone can talk. Believe me, the church is full of posers today. You can tell who’s commited and who isn’t when tough times come. But if you have ever been in the presence of someone who is so commited that nothing rattles them. Nothing shakes them. They stand their ground, in the midst of chaos, pain, fatigue, because they know that their King has been there. He’s done that. And He’s coming back.
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