(In 2017, I wrote this series for the 40 days prior to Easter to prepare our hearts and minds for the significance of Jesus’ resurrection. I’m reposting the series now for the 40 days after Easter to encourage us to follow through, living in the risen Savior and King.)
Today is the last of a three-part series on what it means for Jesus to be the “Christ”, which is the Greek word for “chosen” or “anointed”. As you may know, there were only three positions in the Old Testament that were recognized by anointing: prophets, priests and kings.
If you’ve been reading the devotionals over the past week, you know we’ve been looking at specific ways that the gospel of Christ is revealed in each day of the creation week – ways that Jesus also calls us to love, since He created us in His image.
But if you’re just tuning in, I encourage you to take some time to familiarize yourself with the principles In the introductory video, Introduction to the eight “P”s of the gospel. Then tomorrow, we’ll conclude this mini-series with a devotional on Jesus’ peace.
Each of these eight “P”s of the gospel build upon and interlock with each other, so we must not leave any out or consider any as isolated from the others. They are like layers of brick on a strong foundation. They are like pieces of a puzzle that becomes clearer as we identify the several scenes and how they fit together.
Because each of these pieces of the gospel picture are so critical and some may be new to you, I don’t want to give you too much too fast. So over each of the next three days, I’m only offering a video of my wife and I in a practical discussion about living in Jesus’ image in these roles. Then I’ll provide a few questions to prompt your discussion and prayer. Today’s subject is the position of Jesus as King and His call for us to live in that aspect of His image.
How does Jesus’ sovereign rule equip and encourage you to lead others (your wife, children, employees, etc.) or support other leaders?
Where are some of the difficult places in your area to which God may have sent you to live as one of His “kings” or “queens”?
How would you respond to someone who said that they believe that God doesn’t rule – He simply waits for us to make decisions?
Where in Scripture do you see Jesus as King gracing others with His presence?
Where in Scripture do you see Jesus as King confronting others with His plain-speaking?
Where in Scripture do you see Jesus as King protecting and providing for others’ worship?
How do you think that you individually and the Church collectively are living in Jesus’ image as King?
How can His people grow as better “kings” (or queens) toward others through His Word?
…through His Body?
…through the local church?
…through His spiritual gifts?
…through His providence?