PASTORAL POINT – “Who Else Could Stand For Us”

2 Samuel 23:1
These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs: 2 “The
Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 3 The  God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, 4
he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’ 5 “If my house
were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.
But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand. 7 Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie.” 
John 18
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish  leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was
born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Jesus is different than anyone else in the world. He is holy, blameless, and pure and set apart from sinners, he didn’t have to make an offering for himself,  instead, this Son of God became the Lamb of God,
He sacrificed himself and the cross became God’s altar. Jesus made the sacrifice for you and me. He went alone to the solitary confinement of our cross and did our time. Jesus lives forever; he has a permanent priesthood. Since Jesus burst death’s bonds on Easter, death has no more grips on him. Jesus will always be around for us. He is there on the dark nights when sleep is nowhere to be found because you have a million things to do and nothing is going right. He is there at the hospital bed, with His arms around you. He is there at the graveside, spilling tears upon the casket of your beloved one. He is there when the future is dark and the past depressing. He is always there.

Jesus is always talking to God about our greatest need, our greatest fear: sin. “My dear children, I write …to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense” (I John 2:1). Who else could constantly stand before God on our behalf, who would talk to God about our troubles, worries and fears? Only Jesus can take up our infirmities (sicknesses, weaknesses) and carried our sorrows, troubles, our worries and our fears and constantly prays for us. He knows our every trouble, worry and fear. He knows the limit of our energy and when we are about to give up.

Jesus had a different kind of birth, an unusual birth. Jesus is a different kind of a king. His kingdom was a kingdom of kindness and love. Jesus said, “My  kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36). Neither
castle nor palace He had, neither congress nor parliament sitting, deciding what laws there will be, He has neither army nor navy; no air force to guard the frontiers to keep out the strangers unwanted and maintain the enemy’s fears. Jesus said that his kingdom was really not what Pilate had thought it had been. It was not of this world. And its glory was not of the kind to be seen. Jesus was a servant king.

Jesus was not crowned to rule, but for death, He was crowned, not for worship, but for sarcasm, He wore this crown, not for himself, but for you and for me. It was a crown of disgrace, but by the power of God, He transformed it into the most spectacular crown ever beheld by mankind. He invites us to live in a different kind of Kingdom; He invites us to wear a different kind of Crown, the crown of righteousness, glory and of life. He invites us to a different kind of birth, to be born of “water and the spirit,” this is what is different about Jesus.

Amen, Pastor Baptista

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