Devotion and Prayer for Week of November 24, 2013

Meditation for the Week of November 24, 2013

 

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”                  Luke 23:39-43

 

This week is the last week of the church year.  While much of America is thinking about Thanksgiving and Turkey and Black Friday, the church brings her focus back to Christ.  In particular, this week is focused on the fact that Christ is our King.  The text above says it so well, the thief on the cross next to Jesus says to Him, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  He knows that Jesus is our King.

What do you think of when you think of a king?  This is something that may be somewhat difficult for us since we don’t actually have a king, but what most of us probably think of is something relating to a position of power.  We think of a man sitting on his throne, with a crown on his head.  We think about a man who hosts large feasts and whose every word of command is enacted to a “t.”  In short we think about a man with power, don’t we?

When we think about God as King, we do the same thing, don’t we?  We think about all kinds of majesty and glory and power and might.  And all of these things are right.  God is powerful.  God is majestic.  He is mighty and glorious.  But what we don’t often think about is what those terms really mean for our God.

You see, often when we think about God, we do think about God and His powerful rule in heaven.  But when we do that, we’re missing the big picture.  When we do that, we’re missing what He has shown to us in Jesus.  And what’s that?

He’s shown that His power is one that He was willing to give up for us, that He was willing to lose so that we might be forgiven.  On the cross, He emptied Himself of that power and suffered the price for sin.  His glory is love, which cares more for others than Himself.  His majesty is one revealed in the love of a bloody savior suffering condemnation He did not deserve.  His might is revealed as one, which makes right all of the brokenness and sin of this world.

That is who our King is.  He is the One who cares more for us than His power because He is the King who is love.  It is in this love and mercy, and by His work accomplished on the cross that He can then say to the thief, to the one who was suffering rightly for his sin, “you will be with me in paradise.”  This is what He says to you too.  You will be with Him in paradise, because He has earned for you an eternity in that majestic and glorious kingdom, where He reigns and dwells.  You can’t earn it, but so without any merit or worthiness in you, He has promised to give it to you because of His love.  Amen.

 

Our Weekly Prayer           

Lord of Lords and King of Kings, we thank You for Your Love.  May it ever be our strength, majesty, might and glory.  Amen.