Message for April 20, 2014 from Pastor Jerry

“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:7-10(NKJV)

“Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, ‘What are you doing?” Eccl. 8:4(NKJV)

There is no doubt that the presence of a King creates an atmosphere unlike that of any other dignitary. The above verses of Scripture point this out. There is reason to rejoice in His presence and feel secure. The King represents power and authority needed to create a place of safety.
We in this country know very little about kings and royalty. Most of what we know is negative because of our knowledge of King George of England. We revolted against his rule and went to war to be free. We seem to have a low opinion of monarchs and do not care to be bothered by them.
But, to those who understand royalty and kingship the view is different. A king rules in his kingdom. The word kingdom even means a place where a king reigns. He is the ultimate word of authority. What he says goes. He does not control everything that happens in the kingdom but he holds the power to deal with any situation that arises.
Are you familiar with the terms “Kingdom of Heaven” or “Kingdom of God?” Jesus told Pilate that He was a king but His Kingdom was not of this earth. The thief asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom. Jesus told His disciples to pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. It started that way and it will end that way. It seems that most people do not like to be told what they can and cannot do. We need to get over it. The very best place one can be is under the authority of a benevolent King. That kind of king takes care of his people. Jesus is that kind of king!! Earthly kings are only human but Jesus “divinely human.” He makes no mistakes and rules justly.

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