King of the Jews
ReRead: John 19:19-22
Tuesday 3/31/15 Day 36
Ponder: Pilate identifies Jesus with a sign nailed to the cross. Written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek the sign reads, “The King of the Jews.” The chief priests of the Jews wanted it changed to “This man said, I am King of the Jews.” These leaders see Jesus as claiming to be someone he is not. Pilate refused to change the sign. In a week’s time Jesus was celebrated by the crowds as the arriving King, hated by the religious leaders who had authority, betrayed by friends, denied by his followers, and suffered death. God is the Interruptor this time. God sent his Son to announce the Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is for those who celebrate Him, as well as for those who reject Him. God loves His creation and offers His Son to be Lord of all. Is Jesus your Lord?
Practice: To make Jesus your Lord is to accept Truth; you need a Savior. Sin comes with a penalty; spiritual death. We all sin. We all need a Savior who offers spiritual life. Jesus is that Savior. He died so we could live. Ask Jesus to be your Savior; and his Spirit will come and dwell within you. Making Jesus Lord is living in that holy connection for the glory of God. Jesus teaches us how to love God and others.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for providing me a Savior. Help me to listen to Your Word, learn how to live, and choose to love in a way that honors You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mission: Tell someone today, you are seeking to make Jesus the Lord of your life. It is your witness that pushes back the darkness and reveals Truth.