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The pleading invitation for sinners everywhere to repent and receive Jesus as their Saviour started with Peter in Acts, as it is written: With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So that amongst the people who are comfortable, healthy and in no distress, accepting Christ as their Saviour seems a non-necessity, and if they even confess they believe in Him or are one of His ‘Christians’, it is as if they are doing Him a favour. So many who are finally saved, convicted and born again do so because of the dire straights they find themselves in, which made them turn to Jesus as their Saviour. The truth is… Jesus has been the Saviour of last resort for most who have been saved by Him, and for many who belong to the religion that bears His Name, He is an inconvenience that they put up with. Attending to doing the minimum necessary to remain in His grace by attending church, praying and reading the odd Bible passage, whilst if they feel that it might add to their prestige or add potential kudos to their character, they might admit openly that they are Christians. Lovely people who respect the beliefs of others and certainly they might share what they believe of Jesus and their reason why they are Christians, but to plead, yes, to plead with people that they should “Save themselves from this corrupt generation”… never!

In the present 21st century, the opportunity for every person who hopes to benefit from Jesus’ finished work through their faith is available from the least to the greatest to be given audiences and forums where, like Peter, they too could fervently warn and plead with others to repent and believe. However, it is not done because it is considered improper and best left to the professionals, who do just as little for fear of alienating their benefactors.

One of the factors that explains the behaviour of the churches for the last two millenniums is this: For the church, Jesus is Lord and Saviour, and through some convoluted perverted twisting of Paul’s letters, some even say the church is the bride. You will find at least one angel of God who would dispute that… the one who said to John, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb,” and John wrote: …and showed me the Holy City… not the church.

For not one of the eleven mentioned Jesus as the King in their letters or preaches. Even Peter said, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Christ being the Greek of the Hebrew – the Messiah, the Promised One – who would come through God to save Israel. However, not one of them, though they were Jewish, ever saw that the anointing of oil was the way in which their kings from Saul onwards were chosen by God. If the kings that Israel demanded for themselves were anointed before they were king, then how much more the One who is the Anointed One, the Messiah, meant also to be King? Messiah also carried with it the function of Saviour, for the prophecies were for the Messiah to deliver and rescue Israel and restore her.

Now, pause for a moment… why did Israel need a Christ, a Messiah, in the first place? Was it because their steadfast obedience of God was such that the nations around them began to oppress and persecute them with such success that they needed a Saviour? Did Nebuchadnezzar successfully sack Jerusalem because its people were too busy obeying God to fight?

Of course not! The need for the Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Saviour, is because of Israel’s steadfast utterly reliable and predictable, continuous ability to disobey and forsake God. So reliable were they in their rebellion that both Moses and Joshua could foretell their rebellion once they were gone. They were not slow in rejecting the King they already had for another… and so it is little wonder that they are also slow to accept His Son as their King… even when they were His disciples already. You see… if it was your King who told you to go to Bethsaida immediately, you would not wait till dark to go to Capernaum or lock yourselves in a room when He had sent a message for you to meet Him in Galilee.

So, the very fact Israel needed a Messiah, a Christ, and any who believe in Him who bear the term ‘Christian’, is not because they have been so obedient to God that they needed rescuing, but rather, because they were reliably disobedient.

When the King their forefathers rejected said to them, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him,” they still did not because for a Jew… God is God and they had never accepted that God is their King. As God Himself testified, “…they have rejected Me as their King.” As such, they may have been in the presence of their Rabbi, but they were never in the presence of the crown Prince to the throne. Jesus may have been the Son of God to them, but He was never the Son of the King… their King. And their persistence in waiting for the son of David to be their messiah to restore the kingdom was merely their persistent rejection of God as their King. For, if they were truly looking for the Son of their true King to be their Messiah… then they would have been and should have been expecting the Son of God and not the son of David, which is why Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” “The son of David,” they replied. And Jesus tried to show them their error, saying, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls Him, ‘Lord’? For he says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet.”’ If then David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be his Son?”

After three years with Him, they failed to recognize their King, the Son of God… they only saw the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Saviour… and so when Peter pleaded with the crowd in Acts 2, it was so that they could receive the forgiveness of their sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit… and it was never that they should repent to receive mercy for their rebellion and murder of their King! It is one thing to approach God as a sinner repenting of your sins so that they may be forgiven and the effects of them are removed from your life and your family. It is totally a different thing to approach the throne of the Father of your King, whom you have murdered, to beg for mercy for the sin of murder and complicity in His Son’s death.

The utter failure to see and understand from the beginning by the Jewish eleven that they were being taught and discipled personally by their King is the reason for the half baked, half hearted effort of the declaration of the Gospel of the Kingdom by what is known as the Christian church these last 1900 years. Indeed, in the European sphere the church has been more interested in appointing kings that suited her or in saving the kings that benefitted her than to save the one true King… Jesus Christ; and that culture has been translated into the present state of the church at large, regardless of the denomination. As such, as the church is the body of Christ, in its present state it is certainly not fit to be the body of the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God that Paul wrote about Jesus Christ.

It is then this subculture, this behaviour, attitude and spirit that those for whom Jesus is not just Saviour and Lord, but King, must work against to ensure that all Scriptures are fulfilled to herald in His Earthly coronation, even as He is already glorified in Heaven.

For when you have at least learnt obedience to the Father of the King and have made the effort to listen to Him… can you then begin to comprehend and appreciate the awesome truth of who Jesus of Nazareth really is. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords because He has said, “All that belongs to the Father is Mine…” Paul repented of his rebellion so completely that it is Paul who first penned these words before John saw them written on the thigh of Jesus: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS when Paul addressed God as… God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The restoration then of the command, “Listen to Him,” is the beginning of the separation of those who will obey and those who will not from amongst those who profess to bear His Name. For if there is a command to listen, then there is a sin for not listening. Since Christ died once for all and there is no condemnation for anyone who is in Christ, understand that the failure to listen after you have repented and believe does not condemn anyone. Rather, they remain saved by the grace of God because of their faith… for salvation is through faith by the grace of God so that no one may boast.

However, citizenship and more than citizenship, for what is now being imparted, is even greater than sonship… your kingship is not given you as a gift as salvation is, but rather as a result of your obedience. For those who are returning with Him to reign have one thing in common: They all died for their faith, they took the gift of their salvation to such obedience that they made the ultimate sacrifice rather than disobey. Like Peter on the night they plotted to murder Jesus, many deny Jesus just to stay alive and like Peter, they remain saved, for salvation is a gift and God’s gifts are without repentance. However, obedience is not a gift. Obedience is first a duty for a son or a servant and an honour for a subject. It is that which is expected from those who have the privilege of being a servant, a son or a citizen.

Yet, the right of kingship under Jesus is not given to all who believe in Him, otherwise John would have seen the entire church returning with Jesus and not just those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.

So then, now in these final stages of the ‘Game’, the restoration of the command affords the opportunity for all to obey and so begin their walk not of faith but of obedience, allowing a distinction to be made between those who listen and those who do not listen from amongst all who have believed, so that what God said through the prophet: “All the sinners among My people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us,’ ” will come to pass.

From amongst those who obey (remember obedience is not a gift but in reality, a work) will be given the reward of kingship. For those who hold onto John 11.25, they will be martyred to return to reign, and for those who hold onto John 11.26, they will remain alive to greet Him.

And the world and the church will witness that those for whom Jesus is King have a different spirit as Caleb and Joshua had a different spirit to the rest of Israel.

So then, rest… and consider the consequences when Jesus is your King for those who murdered Him and the cost of bringing justice to your King.

“Long live our King… Jesus Christ.”


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