“I believe that Jesus Christ… is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom…”
Luther’s explanation to the 2nd Article of the Creed
“His is no earthly kingdom;
It comes from heav’n above.
His rule is peace and freedom
And justice, truth, and love…”
“Prepare the Royal Highway,” LSB 343, stanza 4
As Christians, and perhaps especially as Lutheran Christians, we are used to talking about Jesus as Savior. He is the One who took our place as the Substitute and gave His life as a ransom for many. But how often do we think and talk about Jesus as King? How often do we remember that He is the One who reigns over all, the One to whom every knee shall bow and every mouth shall give account?
In the weeks to come, we at Hope will have the opportunity to consider Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. And Jesus will not simply address us as a teacher or a spiritual guru. He is the King, through whom the “kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). He addresses us with authority; His words define our reality.
And what a blessing that is, for the first words that come from his mouth in the sermon are…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
King Jesus calls the shots – what He says goes! And He declares that though we are spiritually poor and broken, we are His, we are forgiven for His sake, and we heirs of the Kingdom. In the weeks to come, we will explore more and more what life under Him in His Kingdom looks like, but for now, rejoice that the King has called you to be part of it!
Peace and joy in King Jesus,