Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Approaching the king

John 18:33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"
34 Jesus answered him, "Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?"
When Jesus was first questioned by Pilate, the Lord challenges him by answering a question with a question.  It is the question that we must each answer to find peace with our Lord.  Do we sincerely approach Him in heart-felt interest to seek His true identity...or will we allow the identity given Him by a culture, by a church, by other believers and nonbelievers to shape our view of Him.  Until we have reached the place where we want to know of His sovereignty for ourselves, we cannot truly know Him.  For He came to become the Ruler of hearts, eager to receive Him.  We must not allow a world that rejects, nullifies, or minimizes the authority of our Lord to paint His identity for us on a personal level.  We must go, one at a time, to His feet and behold Him with a genuine desire to know Him.  Otherwise, like Pilate, we may find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of trying to judge the Lord of the Universe instead of allowing Him to rule us.
Rob Smith

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