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πŸ‘‘ Christ And Politics

Have you ever thought of Christ’s relation to politics? He came into this world, remember, as a King. The very opening words of the New Testament are: β€œJesus Christ, the Son of David…” (Matt. 1:1). This emphasizes the fact that He came from the royal line. John the Baptist had gone forth as the King’s herald, to prepare His way, and the twelve apostles proclaimed His royal rights as they preached β€œthe gospel of the kingdom.” This was all in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy:

β€œFor unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David…” (Isa. 9:6,7).

Instead of crowning Him King, however, they nailed Him to a cross and wrote over His head His β€œaccusation”: β€œThis is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Actually our Lord had come especially, this first time, to be rejected and crucified for the sins of men. Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and other Old Testament passages had predicted that at His first coming He would be despised and rejected. Matt.Β 20:28Β says of this coming:Β β€œThe Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Our Lord did not die an untimely death; the cross was not a useless sacrifice. He knew that man’s greatest need is moral and spiritual β€” that his sins must be paid for if he is not to be condemned forever before the court of eternal Justice. So in love He came to be rejected and suffer and die β€œthe Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (I Pet.Β 3:18).

He will come again to judge and reign as all prophecy indicates, but for the present He deals with mankind in grace. Eph. 1:7 says that β€œin [Him] we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” and Rom.Β 3:24Β declares that believers are β€œjustified freely by [God’s] grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” source

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