With just two simple words Jesus Christ opened the Kingdom of God to all who would respond. These two words continue to resound from His throne to us today, and we do well to pay attention.
Photo taken from CNN
Lunatics bomb innocent bystanders. Children are slain in the streets. Innocent girls are trafficked as sex slaves. People live in fear of senseless random acts of violence. Governments are unstable. Economies fluctuate. Sabers rattle. Fingers point. Households dissolve. Morale is low. Confidence is shaken. Will it ever get any better? Allow me to offer you some words of hope in the midst of the chaos.
As God’s people we seem to spend a tremendous amount of time trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s good and who’s bad, who’s in and who’s out, etc. In one of the King’s stories, He points us to a Day when it will be all sorted out…
These three words, Jesus is Lord, comprise the earliest Christian Creed we know of. This statement serves as an adequate confession of faith as it sums up the whole biblical revelation of Jesus Christ. How can that be? Read on and see what I mean…
In some of the less attractive periods of Church history (think of The Inquisitions and the Salem Witch Trials), the people of God used violent means to purge from their ranks those they considered to be in league with evil. In one of the King’s stories, however, He shows us the way He prefers these things to be dealt with. As we unpack the story we will find there are no witch hunts allowed in the Kingdom of our God.
The other night my wife and I went to see the recently released movie version of Les Misérables. While I had been looking forward to seeing it, it turned out to be better than I ever imagined. Based on Victor Hugo’s sweeping novel, it is a film of epic proportions that tells a story loaded with Kingdom values.
Picture taken from the film website.