2 Samuel 15:23-16:23 John 18:25-19:22 Psalm 119:113-128 Proverbs 16:10-11
Verse of the day:
And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (John 19:19)
The chief accusation against Jesus at His arrest and trial was that He claimed to be "king." After Jesus’ arrest and trial, the Roman soldiers put purple robes of royalty on Him, put on a crown of thorns on His head and gave Him a fake scepter. Then, Pilate presented the beaten Jesus to the crowd, saying, "Behold your King!" Finally, in John 19:19, Jesus was crucified with a sign stating the reason for His execution. It read “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” The Jewish leaders couldn’t convince him to change the wording of the sign. (I love the fact that Pilate unwillingly had to recognize the kingship of Jesus.)
You know, Pilate was right! Jesus is king! What does that mean? What do kings claim a right to? They claim the right to rule. They claim to be the highest authority. They claim that others have to commit, to obey and to be faithful to them. Thus, Jesus as king has the right and authority to rule your life. Since Jesus is king, He can demand your total commitment, obedience and faithfulness. Yet, He does not. He wants you to freely recognize Him as king.
Have you freely chosen Jesus as your king? Does He rule and reign in your heart? Are you living a life that is fully committed to King Jesus? Are your daily choices reflecting your desire to obey and be faithful to your King?