Skip to main content

Jesus Is King

Jesus Is King
(Tract available from our friends
While sharing the gospel last weekend I had the opportunity to speak with a young man who does not believe the same things that I do.

We didn't argue with each other.

We didn't call each other names other than the ones given to us by our parents.

Neither of us got angry or raised our voices. No fingers were pointed in faces or poked into chests. No insults were thrown or intellects questioned.

It was nice.

But we still disagreed.

One of the great things about our country is that we have the freedom to believe as we choose. Other people don't have to like our beliefs or our opinions. Other people don't have to share them. But we are free to believe.

It's our right.

We have an inalienable right. Even if we use that right to be wrong.

The constitutional freedom to believe differently is a good thing. But we fool ourselves if we think we can all be correct in our beliefs. We can't be. Not when many of our beliefs are totally contradictory with one another. In these cases, at least one of us is wrong.

In my conversation with this young man he told me that he simply doesn't believe in my Jesus.

That seemed like a good opportunity to discuss that Jesus is more than mine. Our current political climate in the United States created a good example.

You've likely noticed that there are a lot of people who don't like the president. It's kind of a big deal. A lot of people are talking about it. A lot of that talking is loud. And angry.

Don't Argue
Some people who don't like the current president say things like, "He's not my president. I didn't vote for him!"

People have a right to say these things. But they are wrong.

He is their president whether they like it or not.

Their belief about the president doesn't change reality. Whether they voted for him or not he still has keys to the Oval Office. He still flies around on Air Force One. He still has a Secret Service detail tasked with protecting him.

He's president until he isn't. Their belief on what should have happened in the election is just an opinion. No better or worse than anyone else's. But it doesn't shape reality. Just like the opinions of the people who didn't like the previous president didn't change the reality.

People will seemingly always argue over politics. And people will be in rebellion against Jesus until He returns.

Jesus' resurrection from the dead proves that He is the promised Messiah. Jesus ascended into heaven and took His seat at the right hand of the Father (see, e.g., Psalms 2 & 110). Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. There is no one above Him.

This is true whether people believe it or not. Their rebellion may be noisy but it is also futile.

Unlike a president, Jesus' reign is not limited by geography. He is not restricted by term limits. There will never be a vote. Impeachment is an impossibility.

You don't have to like the president. You don't have to believe in Jesus. You have the right to hold your own opinion.

You must also understand that your opinions, beliefs, and wishful thinking don't change reality.

Jesus is risen from the dead. This is the proof God has provided. When our opinions disagree with reality we should change our opinions. That's the wise thing to do.

"Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead."
(Acts 17:30-31)

It is not our job as Christians to argue with people. It's not our job to complain and throw gasoline on the fire.

We are called to testify to the truth. To live as salt and light. To love justice and mercy. To urge people on behalf of God to be reconciled to Him through Christ.

Let's stop arguing with people over temporal matters and start testifying about eternal ones.

Jesus Christ is Lord. He is able and willing to save all who will repent of their rebellion against Him and trust in Him alone as their Savior from the wrath to come on Judgment Day. Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed.

Comments

Popular Posts

Prayer vs. Petition

Q: What's the difference between prayer and petition? Phil 4:6 for example. A: An excellent word study question! When attempting to study words from the text it is necessary to analyze the word being studied in the original language (in this case Greek) as attempting to look up the words in English will often produce erroneous results. For example, in English the word petition has within its range of meanings things that are certainly not within the scope of meanings for the Greek word (i.e. “a sheet that is signed to demonstrate agreement with some principle or desire for some social action to be taken” is part of the range of “petition” but not of the Greek deesis from which “petition” is translated). The word most commonly translated as “prayer” in our English Bibles is proseuche , which appears 36 times in the New Testament (NT) in one form or another (for the purposes of this study, we are only examining the usage of these words as nouns – the verbal forms will not be

The Sign of Jonah

Q: Jesus Himself states, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." According to John 19:31, it seems as though Jesus died on the "day of preparation" which was immediately followed by the sabbath, and then followed by the first day of the week. This leads us to when Mark 16:2 happened, the ladies went to the tomb "very early on the first day of the week". It was at this time that the empty tomb was discovered. My question is, according to history and maybe even Greek text, is there any explanation as to why Jesus said that He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights when as I am reading the accounts, I am not coming up with three days and three nights? Thank you, as always! A: This question has been raised by many people. Numerous answers have been suggested. The reasons for asking this question are good on

Who the Heck is Melchizedek?

Melchizedek, Priest and King Question – I've read about Melchizedek a number of times but am confused about who he is entirely. Can you let me know about him, I feel like I'm "missing" something? Answer - Join the club! I think this is a question that has been asked almost as long as the scriptures have been in print and distributed for people to read and study. Melchizedek is one of the most mysterious characters to appear in the Old Testament narrative. The Book of Genesis is categorized as a history book. Rightly so. It contains thousands of years of history. From the literal beginning of history to the death of the man whose name was changed to Israel. Among other things, it is a book of lineages and genealogies tracing mankind from the first created man (Adam) to the patriarch of the nation that God chose to be His representatives on earth. So, it is a little surprising that in the middle of this narrative, in the story of the life of Abraham, that a

Smoking Hookah

Q: This week a young Christian talked with me about the practice of smoking Hookah. They attend a church [which] is reaching out to the many Indian and Muslims in the surrounding areas. Their church also have several ministries that support missions in India and Arab countries. As they spoke with me they said that many of their Christian friends are smoking the Hookah. They said that they have been told that certain types of Hookah smoking involve no tobacco but are simply flavored water, other types of Hookah smoking do include tobacco but in a ‘more pure’ form than that of cigarettes that have additives. The Christians that they know of who partake in smoking Hookah do not feel that there is anything sinful in this practice and believe that it is just a part of certain cultures as a way to relax and socialize. Apparently during certain celebrations some of these culture groups get together as a family and include smoking the Hookah together as part of the festivities. These Chris

What is Salvation, Part 4

Q: What is salvation and can you lose it? There's the saying "once saved always saved". Using the scripture that no one is able to snatch them out of the Fathers hand. (John 10:29) but it says in verse 27 My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me. So the no snatching is referring to those who hear and follow, in other words who are obedient to His Word. So, the ones that do not heed the call of the Lord and follow can be snatched? What about sin hardening the heart? (Hebrew 3:13) Shipwrecked faith? (1Tim 1:19) I have heard the saying - "It's not how you start the race but how you finish it." In Hebrew 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, If you aren't a true follower of Christ then how can you have the strength on your own to even run the race. It is because of Christ and who He transforms you to be that you would even want to