Jesus Our King

Jesus is not the king we (or Israel) asked for or wanted, but He is the king we desperately need. He is a paradoxical king. He didn’t come to overthrow the Roman empire or to establish a political party. He comes not to save us from the political powers that rule over us but the sinful powers that rule in us. In short, Jesus didn’t come to rule a nation, but to rule our hearts.

And just as any new King, President or Prime Minister does when they come into power, they clear house. When Jesus is king of our life, He sits on the throne of our heart. All other sources of authority and forms of empty faith are removed.

If we’ll evaluate our retirement portfolio’s year-end performance or measure our academic success through our GPA, how much more should we make a habit of evaluating our heart this upcoming year? Below are our church’s five measures for evaluating our hearts and whom is in control of them.

1. Have I spent time with God today?
2. Am I living the life of a generous giver?
3. Am I close to someone far from God?
4. Do I look like Jesus to all the people and places He has sent me?
5. Am I seeking forgiveness and forgiving others as needed?

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus Is Our Great High Priest

Jesus is our great high priest who offers Himself for our atonement, which means He steps in on our behalf and pays the penalty and consequence for our sin.

As our great high priest we 1) hold fast our confession of Jesus as the prophet, priest and king and 2) we draw near to Him. Jesus sympathizes with us in our weakness and our prayers, efforts are met with kindness and compassion.

Jesus Our Prophet

In the Old Testament, God anointed people for special roles. He anointed prophets to be the change agents for society, speaking His word to the people. He anointed priests to be mediators between Himself and the people, and He anointed Kings to lead, protect and provide for His people. Put together, these three designations act like lenses that help us get a clear picture of who Jesus is so that we would know Him more fully, trust Him more deeply and follow Him more closely. As our prophet, Jesus brings us the truth, He is the truth and He saves and sends us with His truth.

Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 3:17-26