Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
King Jesus. We call Him Lord Jesus, but not King Jesus. Listening to a worship song called “Spirit Break Out” it says, “King Jesus You’re the Name we’re lifting high, Your Glory shaking up the earth and skies, revival we want to see Your Kingdom here, we want to see Your Kingdom here.” My mind grabbed hold of “King Jesus”. I mulled over it. I whispered it. It began to move from my thoughts to careful meditation as I continued to contemplate Jesus as our King. I have envisioned Him as a baby in a manger so fragile and small with the world set against Him from the start. I picture Him walking through the earth teaching, healing and delivering those who came in contact with our Lord. All the while, He was interrogated, plotted against and destined to die. How could anyone ever hurt such an innocent, well-doing man? Of course, there is the torture and abuse of the Cross as my Savior laid down His Life for me. All the blood from the beatings and the heavy burden of sin on His Shoulders yet when just one more came to Him hanging next to Jesus, He invited Him home. All the images are vivid and clear, but what about the one that labels Him King of kings. What if believers added this image to the many of their Savior and Lord calling Him, King Jesus? What would happen?
Jesus is the image of God. He is the firstborn of all creation makes Him the One who inherits. All things have been created “through” Him giving Him power over them. All things were created for Him which means that we belong to Him. He is before all things. He holds everything together. King Jesus presides over every throne, power, ruler or authority.” Stop and think about that for a minute. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and decide to make Him our Lord, we submit our life to King Jesus. This is not a powerless, helpless position but rather taking our human imperfection and weakness, surrendering it to Christ and in exchange, we have all of His Power and Authority. Still don’t get it…you will.
Revelation 17:13-14 (NIV)
They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.
The end gives us the picture of Jesus as King of kings. The enemy has one purpose to steal, kill and destroy God’s Kingdom. Every soul that he can overtake and cause to fall is his victory bringing him overwhelming joy. He relentlessly pursue those who will be the “called, chosen and faithful followers” roaring and seeking who he can cause to waver, give up and quit. Note: The Word of God says they “will give their power and authority to the beast.” Who will? Every single living, breathing human being that can be persuaded to. To good news is that the Lamb wins. He is triumphant in all things and will overpower the enemy and with Him will be “his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Those who do not give the power and authority of their life over to the enemy but delivers it into the Hands of King Jesus and leaves it there. We must live in allegiance to our King. (Romans 6:16-18)
We are living in the end times. I not suggested it to be so, I am telling you so. As the news lines up with prophecy and the Book of Revelation, one must choose a side and pick their battle. This is not a “turn-or-burn” message but a simple and straightforward statement. You have to pick a side. You are with King Jesus or you are not. There is not gray area. The lines of mediocrity drawn by modern ministry and radical religion are the pit where many will fall into a clever trap set by an enemy. You love the Light or live in darkness. (John 3:19-21) The verdict is in. You love Jesus or you don’t. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Philippians 2:9-11 makes it plain. “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Jesus is our King. He has power and authority over all of creation so at some point, everyone will kneel before Him and confess that He is Lord. We decide beforehand if we are with Him or against Him.
I Corinthians 15:23-28 (NIV)
But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
I believe that Jesus is King of kings. I believe that the earth shakes and rumbles at the close proximity of our Lord. The last great push and revival are coming to make way for His Return. Many people I know are feeling a sense of urgency to step into the power and authority of Jesus Christ. We don’t live in it anymore but we can. Looking at the life of Jesus offers a clear potential of the power in us. Jesus did not struggle with “rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.” (Ephesians 6:12) Not at all, when Jesus told a demon to come out of its victim, it came out. (Luke 4:35-36) Everyone who came into the Presence of Jesus Christ was healed, cured, and delivered of every infirmity and weakness. (Luke 6:17-19) We have been given the same power. (Luke 10:18-20) Where is that power being manifested in the Body of Christ today? Why is the church powerless over sin, darkness, demons, and disease? Perhaps, they have not fully accepted or perceived the picture of King Jesus! What is Jesus waiting for? Why doesn’t He just come back and take care of it?
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is waiting on us. He is giving us time to pick a side and live there. He is sending His Grace, Mercy and Love in abundance so that His called and chosen will become faithful followers. What must I do to be that kind of follower? How can I experience God’s Power and Authority released in my everyday life? Jesus must become our King.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (NIV)
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
We are fragile beings so whatever we have inside us and what we believe has a tendency to A out no matter how we try to hide it. There is purpose in us to live for the Glory of God. To shine as a beacon in the darkness of this world. It was never intended to be a weak and defenseless position. However, our abhorrence of the words “surrender” and “submission”. Jesus modeled these two things when as King of kings and Lord of lords, He knelt and washed the feet of His Disciples. (John 13:3-8) We are forsaking defeat, disappointment, disease and discouragement to become more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37) This is what we give up, surrender, and submit to Jesus. Under the Grace of God, we have power and overcome every obstacle in life. The authority that makes demons flee and darkness hide. However, a lack of submission and surrender to Christ obstructs the Power of God in us to make its way into the world around us. If only we could grab hold of the image of King Jesus. His Power and Authority provides a solution to every problem we have. Every barrier breaks at His Word. Strongholds tremble and fall beneath the Hand of God coming in defense of His Children. We are Children of the King. He will not let any weapon formed against us prosper. To have such power manifested on our behalf to the Glory of God requires leaving the darkness behind and surrendering our life at the Feet of Jesus.
Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
The early church of believers understood who Jesus was and exercised His Power and Authority as God’s Grace was so powerfully at work in them. God’s Power and Authority is not to make our life easier. In fact, makes us a prime target of the enemy. However, the more of our life given to King Jesus the greater the overflow of His Power in our life. It means that no matter how impossible our situation or circumstances become that our faith in King Jesus and His Power and Authority make all things possible because we believe. To live what we believe means that we give our all for the Kingdom of God in service to our soon and coming King no matter how much or little we have. Giving our hearts for His Glory to become one in faith and purpose that the Kingdom will grow. There are so many in the valley of indecision. They do not know Who Jesus is or the power available in His Service. Do you?
Ephesians 3:16-21 (NIV)
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
My prayer for you today is that you will get just a glimpse of King Jesus. His Power and Authority is available to all who venture into His Presence. It is a lifestyle for those who choose to remain there. So many promises wrapped in His Unfailing Love and Great Grace entrusted to weak human beings is more than I can bare. God loves us so much that He gave His Son so that His Power could live in us and permeate through us to a dark and dying world. I want to be one of those called, chosen and faithful followers on the day that Lamb overcomes the enemy completely and finally. To do so, I must believe now that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Bigger and stronger than any force coming against my life. I must place Him on the throne of my heart and fight my flesh to keep Him there. Then and only then will the last great revival come and the Power of God pour out over the Body of Christ again. The last great harvest begins with you and me deciding to live submitted and surrendered to King Jesus.
Jude 1:20-25 (NIV)
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.