As I spent some time this past week watching the coronation of the new president of the United States – well, it seemed like more than an inauguration of a president – and, in my mind, one step up is the coronation of a new king or queen to the royal throne of a nation. We are told that the new president has brought hope to his people and will bring much needed and major change as well.
I am reminded that there is really only one King – and His Name is Jesus. He was born King in Bethlehem. He died as King on the Cross of Calvary. He ruled over death rising from the grave and is seated at the right hand of God the Father as King. He will, one day, return as King of kings and Lord of lords. We are to look forward to – and pray for – that day to come soon (1 Corinthians 16:22).
Jesus brings major and immediate change to a person’s life when they are born again. They become “new creatures in Christ”. The old things pass away and He makes all things new inside a person. He removes the hard heart of stone and replaces it with a soft heart of flesh. He puts His Holy Spirit inside us to guide and direct us into His will for our lives so we can walk according to His unique plans and purpose for each individual. He plants His nature and character within our hearts – this is known as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). He also continues to make daily adjustments as we walk with Him, read His Word and obey. His change is always for your own good and is permanent lasting throughout eternity.
Jesus is also the One in whom we place our hope. Better than this He is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1). We are also to look with hope for His return to claim His people and judge the living and the dead (Titus 2:13). And, even more exciting – when you were saved you were born again into a ‘living hope’ as found only in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3). We live as those who are aliens and strangers in this world for we are simply passing through on our way to an eternal home with Him. So, we live with this hope and thus live differently than those who do not believe and don’t know the Living hope – Jesus.
We have everything to live for and the only thing worth dying for and it is all found in Jesus Christ – the one who is King and who brought much needed change to our hearts and lives and brought us to the place of great and eternal hope as found only in Him. And it is all a sure thing. Forever settled and established.
There is nothing better or more certain than what we have in Jesus Christ our King. Pray for the President of the United States and worship only Jesus!