Easter Devotional, Devotional #25
The Son, The Savior, Our King!
"Then Pilot went back inside and called for Jesus to be brought to him. 'Are you King of the Jews?' he asked him. Jesus replied,"Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?' 'Am I a Jew?' Pilot asked. 'Your own people and their leading priests brought you here. Why? What have you done?'
Then Jesus answered, 'I am not an earthly king. If I were, my followers would have fought when I was arrested by the Jewish leaders. But my kingdom is not of this world. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.' "
"Then Jesus shouted out again, and he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead after Jesus' resurection. They left the cemetary, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
The Roman officer and other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, 'Truly, this was the Son of God!' "
"Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountains where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him-but some of them still doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, 'I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the comandments I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' "
Who was Jesus? Or better yet, who is Jesus? Or even better, who is Jesus to us? I think that is a relevent question to ask at any time but it is perhaps most relevent right now, as we celebrate Easter. Pilot asked Jesus that question, probably just to see what he would say. I do not think he was interested in knowing the truth because he had serious doubts as to what the truth actually was. Jesus answered him with the truth anyway, and his answer must have taken him back a few steps. Jesus' answer was more for us than for Pilot..."my kingdom is not of this world" "I am not an earthly king.". What an awesome moment in time when Jesus once and for all, settled in His own words just exactly what He was/is to all who believe. He IS a king, a king of the heart. He is the king of OUR hearts!
While some Christians find Easter to be a time for reflection on the sadness and sorrow of what happened to our Lord, let us see it as a time of triumph, love, and fulfillment. Triumph over death, fulfillment of the scriptures and of prophesy, and the incredible love of God for all of mankind. Just as unbelieving soldiers were able to finally able to see the truth about who Jesus was at his death, and even admitted it to the world, let us all know deep within our hearts that Jesus IS the Son of God. Let us have absolutely no doubt that he is that but also that He is our Savior. That his death on the cross and resurection from the dead was for every single individual person who will ever be born, with no exception. He paid the heavy price for sin so that all who believe in Him are saved from sin and death. And let us not forget that our King, Saviour, the Son of God, is always with us...always! That is the last promise He gave us before he departed, and it is ours to treasure in our hearts forever.
Dear Jesus, we come to you today simply because you made it possible. There is nothing better that we can say to you except a deep, heart-felt "Thank you!" for being who you are and what you are to us. You mean literally everything to us and we know that we mean as much to you. Your kingdom is precious, for it dwells within our hearts. It is the love that is everlasting and so great we have no words that are good enough to explain it. May this love continue to grow in our hearts until we all become just like you.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.