Text: When Jesus therefore perceived (understood) that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.”
Good morning, Christian subject! Not for you the mere physical bowing to an earthly king. Not for you, nor I, the giving of worship and reverence to persons of high office, rank, or reputation. We give all due respect to such mortals, but we worship and seek to serve King Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God, alone.
We have a Heavenly Saviour - Christ the Crucified - as our true Sovereign, Saviour, Redeemer and Lord. Christ, for us, is the King of all kings, and the Lord of all lords. Hallelujah, King Jesus! We love you!
Our text from John’s Gospel today, if looked at with our Bible reading from the 1st Book of Samuel, chapter 8 reveals, in all its true reality, the difference between being subjects of an earthly king, or servants of a Heavenly Saviour.
In our given reading, God’s chosen prophet Samuel had grown old; he had made his sons judges over Israel; and his sons had proven themselves totally unworthy of their positions - ’…his sons walked not in his (Samuel’s) ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgement.’ (V.3)
So often we see a similar pattern throughout Holy Scriptures, Eli’s sons committed exactly the same type of sins. (1 Samuel 2:12-17)
Christians are not naturally born of Christian parents - Christians are ’…born again…’ of the Spirit of God. The natural cannot inherit the Supernatural! We must lead our children to Christ for His Salvation!
“But as many as received Him (Christ Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name; which were born, NOT of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
“Being born again, NOT of corruptible seed (natural birth), but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23)
When the five thousand men and countless other women and children whom Christ had just fed with the loaves and fishes lunch of a boy saw this Divine act of miraculous creation - they desired to take Christ by force and make Him their king. Therefore, the Lord Jesus ‘…departed again into a mountain Himself alone.’ (John 6:15)
The Christ did not come to be made a mere earthly king among men - Christ came specifically to live a sinless life; to reveal the works of Almighty God; to suffer for our sins upon a cruel Cross; to make a full Atonement for sin; to die an infinite death; and to rise victorious over death in order to justify all those whom the Father had given Him to save, yeah, from before the foundation of the world. God’s Eternal Son would be no mere earthly king!
“Sacrifice and offering Thou (God the Father) didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened; burnt offering and sin offering (meat sacrifices) hast Thou not required. Then (in Eternity) said I (Christ Jesus, God the Son) Lo, I come; in the volume of the book (our Bible) it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart.” (Psalm 40:6-8)
God came to us in bodily form, He was incarnated for us in the form of Christ Jesus. He came to fulfil the Eternal Purpose of God the Father - to suffer and die to pay the ransom price for multitudes of vile Hell-deserving sinners like you and like me. No earthly king could have finished this work.
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you…Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have Crucified and slain; Whom God hath raised up…because it was not possible that He should be holden of it (Death).” (Acts 2:22-24)
Hallelujah! We do not serve an earthly king - we serve a risen Saviour!
Our Bible reading in 1st Samuel today informs us how earthly kings treat their subjects. (1 Samuel 8:11-18) Is this what you desire from your king?
King Jesus, the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords, the Prince of Heaven’s glory; the fairest among ten thousand; the glory of all the Heavens and earth - came to GIVE you and I life, love, joy - and that more abundant!
Thought: Choose ye this day whom ye will serve - Caesar or the Saviour, Jesus Christ? As for me and my house, we shall serve the risen Lord!