Sir, We Would See Your King

There was a somewhat distant day when I set sail into a profitable journey to uncover “what is this gospel of Jesus Christ” we allege our attachment to? In that day, along with many other words, I penned these thoughts.

Paul’s introductory words of his second letter to the Corinthians reveal something of the nature of his ministry.  He describes this ministry in terms such as, “affliction, suffering, and sentence of death, deadly peril, distractions, painful trials, anguish, tears, punishment, sorrow, and discouragement.”  It is difficult then to apprehend Paul’s summation of this gospel ministry, when he writes,

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.”    2 Corinthians 2: 14

Fast forward to the present and I must still confess that when I read these words they bring a pricking awe to my solace. There is obviously something Paul knows that transcends our grasp of this word “gospel,” else how do we explain the so often lusterless presentation of its wonder in our modern world? Paul, through the direst of trials, sees himself caught up in a celebratory parade of champions, but we most often just live out life in its norm of travail as though this “gospel” is merely an attachment with some hopeful future value.

Is it possible, as one author considers, that this is the result of our resistance to any longer read the Bible as it was meant to be read; a progressive story-line that is complete and yet goes on and on.

Can it be that this triumphant parade that Paul gives shout to is ever-presently taking place, and is doing so because of the good news that finally, the true King of kings has taken possession of His Kingdom?

All of Scripture points to a Kingdom of righteousness ruled by a just King and the climax of God’s story is Jesus’ taking of His Kingdom. He binds the strong man… crushes his head, plunders his house, and takes His rightful place as heir of His Throne.

It is though the manner in which the King establishes His Kingdom that confounds the assemblies, for as even the very countrymen of the King misunderstood the strategy, so too is it a prevalent quagmire for us today. It seems for to get what Paul got we will have to hear what Pilate heard, “My Kingdom is not of this world.”

We can celebrate the King because He gives us His Kingdom. And of the sufferings in this present age? Well, they pale… in the view of the glory being revealed to us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:18).

I close with a quick confirming thought. As stone followed by stone thrashed upon the battered vessel and waning life of the first kingdom martyr, he gazed skyward into the very throne room of God and graced eternity with his words, “I see Jesus.”

Do you see your King?

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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7 Responses to Sir, We Would See Your King

  1. Nate says:

    Nice post. I think there is a ever present procession, however I wonder if many miss it because they are looking for the wrong thing. What is triumphant and what is successful perhaps is defined by many leaders today differently to what Paul had in mind.

  2. We can celebrate the King because He gives us His Kingdom. And of the sufferings in this present age? Well, they pale… in the view of the glory being revealed to us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:18).

    Great words Mike and they fit so well with the Scripture below, when we are Born again of The Spirit, we are no longer just Human. Yes we are given a Kingdom, we are Royalty, chosen by God to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, our Awesome King of kings.

    1 Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood, an Holy Nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous Light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

    Christian Love Always from both of us – Anne

    • mtsweat says:

      What an excellent example of verses you offer Anne, as Peter demonstrated that the words spoken in Hosea’s day find fulfillment in Christ. Thank You… awesome.

  3. ccragamuffin says:

    Wonderful…full of wonder…that you end this piercing piece with Stephen. For how did he answer his accusers? By telling them The Story. I love how Stephen is telling The Story as he himself is part of it!! And Jesus gives him a standing ovation!!!!! (Acts 7:56). Do exciting to read your words as I am presently studying Acts. Wa-Hoo!! So you remind me that I am also in The Story…and telling The Story…and being written into it. And then I wonder…will my part receive a standing ovation?

    • mtsweat says:

      It is too cool, along with your study of Acts, that you pick up and continue the “Stephen in the story” closing line, adding the “standing ovation” note to it… too cool.

      I am very grateful to a special friend for introducing me to a unique author, Scot McKnight. 🙂 Along with BP, “The King Jesus Gospel” and “The Jesus Creed” are fantastically written books with such applicable messages for us today. >whispering… I also picked up “Junia Is Not Alone” …planning to head into it somewhere over the rainbow.<

      On a note closer to the post though, it is incredible how taking the Bible as a complete (and yet unfinished with regards to we all have our place in it) story opens up so much that we read in the New Testament. These authors moved by the Holy Spirit were always writing references to the Old, beginning in a Garden (where man failed to rule rightly), to a nation (that failed to rule rightly), with its kings (who failed to rule rightly), until finally the Righteous and True King shows on the scene and secures the Kingdom by way of His Gospel, His "death for our sins according to the Scriptures, His burial, His resurrection according to the Scriptures, and His ascending to His rightful place with all authority beside the Father!"

      Kingdom Blessings to you today! BBQ for lunch tomorrow… Wa-Hoo!

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