the Christ. The King who God himself had promised to send, who would
put everything right by setting up a kingdom of justice and love. He’s
also the Son of God. God himself, entering the world as a human being.
Jesus proved who he was by what he did. He healed people. He calmed
storms. He raised the dead.
By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in his
kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the
world we all want.
Why did Jesus come? To be killed
People rejected the King so violently that they killed him by nailing
him to a cross. But his death wasn't a mistake by God – it was a
On the cross, Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness. He
chose to experience hell – so that we don’t have to. The sinless King
died to take the punishment sin deserves.
Jesus was opening the way into his kingdom.
Why did Jesus come? To rise again
Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over
the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds
saw him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death.
He had risen!
What does iT mean for us?
So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news.
Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of
ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need
to give us a place in his kingdom.
Living with Jesus as King isn't easy. His followers will be rejected,
just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security,
satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by
his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will
finally establish his loving kingdom forever.
Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.
How about you?
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