Psalm 22:28

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ACF Church!

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“For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.”

Psalm 22:28 

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As Americans, we don’t often think about kings, thrones, or sovereignty. Yet the Bible speaks volumes about kingdoms and rulers. I believe we dismiss this ancient method of government as outdated and silly, and we relegate scriptural references to the same as irrelevant. But make no mistake, we are all under authority whether we acknowledge that authority as such or not.

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Our verse today states that “kingship belongs to the Lord” and before that in verse 27 “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD”. Eventually all people and even earthly authority will see the Lord is the final authority and ruler over all nations. It will be plainly evident. We’ll unpack later how, as Christians, this should influence our perspective today, but I want to turn to Jesus as the returning king.

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Jesus was foretold as the coming king on whose shoulders’ governments will rest (Isaiah 9). After His death and resurrection, Jesus was seated at the right hand of the Father who sits on His throne, the throne that God spoke from to establish His creation. It’s a throne that has always existed and will never cease to exist. And it is Jesus who will return one day “so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10).

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This paints a powerful picture. At the throne is where an approaching subject recognizes the reigning authority by bowing at the knee. It is a symbol of submission because kneeling puts us in a position of vulnerability.

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Most of us know the story of the wise men (or popularly referred to as three kings) who come bearing gifts to the baby Jesus. According to Matthew 2, they came seeking the one “born King of the Jews”. At this point He was probably a young child but either way, these wise men traveled to see a promised King. And when they do find Him with Mary, He is a child living in likely humble surroundings.

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Their response should amaze us. These were wealthy men who were led by a star over a very long distance carrying heavy treasures to seek out a King, only to find a poor child and His mother. What do they do? They bow down and worship Him, then present Him with gifts culturally fitting for kings.

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The beauty of the Christmas story is this: In human history, what king have you heard of who would step down from his throne and subject himself to live among the masses as one of them, first as a child then as a traveling preacher without throne or castle (Matt 8:20)? Who would take on the shame of the crucifixion as punishment for offenses He didn’t commit and for offenses yet to come.

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When we recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior, we put ourselves under His kingship. Knowing that we serve a perfect King who lived on this earth as a fellow human being should cause us to bow down in submission, presenting ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). The result is joy, peace, and hope emanating from a source of thanksgiving because we truly serve before a throne of grace.

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When is the last time you’ve approached His throne to bow down and worship? Maybe this Christmas season is a great time to start.

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the peace that comes from knowing that you are seated at your throne, a throne of grace and mercy. Thank you for the hope that lies in knowing your Word is trustworthy. Thank you for the joy in knowing that you love with unconditional love. Fill me with your Spirit every day that I may exhibit a life that joyfully follows your will and rests in your love. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.

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“For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.” 

Psalm 22:28

Behind the Scenes

As Americans, we don’t often think about kings, thrones, or sovereignty. Yet the Bible speaks volumes about kingdoms and rulers. I believe we dismiss this ancient method of government as outdated and silly, and we relegate scriptural references to the same as irrelevant.  But make no mistake, we are all under authority whether we acknowledge that authority as such or not. 

Our verse today states that “kingship belongs to the Lord” and before that in verse 27 “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD”.  Eventually all people and even earthly authority will see the Lord is the final authority and ruler over all nations. It will be plainly evident. We’ll unpack later how, as Christians, this should influence our perspective today, but I want to turn to Jesus as the returning king. 

Jesus was foretold as the coming king on whose shoulders’ governments will rest (Isaiah 9). After His death and resurrection, Jesus was seated at the right hand of the Father who sits on His throne, the throne that God spoke from to establish His creation. It’s a throne that has always existed and will never cease to exist. And it is Jesus who will return one day “so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10).  

This paints a powerful picture. At the throne is where an approaching subject recognizes the reigning authority by bowing at the knee. It is a symbol of submission because kneeling puts us in a position of vulnerability. 

Make It Real

Most of us know the story of the wise men (or popularly referred to as three kings) who come bearing gifts to the baby Jesus. According to Matthew 2, they came seeking the one “born King of the Jews”. At this point He was probably a young child but either way, these wise men traveled to see a promised King.  And when they do find Him with Mary, He is a child living in likely humble surroundings.  

Their response should amaze us. These were wealthy men who were led by a star over a very long distance carrying heavy treasures to seek out a King, only to find a poor child and His mother. What do they do? They bow down and worship Him, then present Him with gifts culturally fitting for kings. 

The beauty of the Christmas story is this: In human history, what king have you heard of who would step down from his throne and subject himself to live among the masses as one of them, first as a child then as a traveling preacher without throne or castle (Matt 8:20)? Who would take on the shame of the crucifixion as punishment for offenses He didn’t commit and for offenses yet to come 

When we recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior, we put ourselves under His kingship.  Knowing that we serve a perfect King who lived on this earth as a fellow human being should cause us to bow down in submission, presenting ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). The result is joy, peace, and hope emanating from a source of thanksgiving because we truly serve before a throne of grace.  

When is the last time you’ve approached His throne to bow down and worship? Maybe this Christmas season is a great time to start. 

Danny Venhaus

Danny Venhaus

ACF Operations Director

End in Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Thank you for the peace that comes from knowing that you are seated at your throne, a throne of grace and mercy. Thank you for the hope that lies in knowing your Word is trustworthy. Thank you for the joy in knowing that you love with unconditional love. Fill me with your Spirit every day that I may exhibit a life that joyfully follows your will and rests in your love.  In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen. 

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