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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Only Sovereign

The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid... From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free. (John 19:7-8,12 NIV)

The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews." Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."
(John 19:21-22 NIV)

I charge you before God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will show in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Timothy 6:13-15 EMTV)

The Roman governor Pilate clearly understood Jesus to be the King of the Jews and so named Him. As the two men faced each other, Pilate in fact stood before his own King, the King of all kings, governors, and rulers—the only Sovereign of every Jew and every Gentile.

Once a person believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God as He claims to be, He must be named King—He can be nothing less than the only Sovereign of one's life. To hold Him at arm's length, and remain content for others to bow before Him, is not true faith that Jesus is King and Lord.

If we fail to acknowledge Jesus as our only Sovereign before others, He will not acknowledge us as His before His Father (Matthew 10:32).

Lord Jesus, You are my only Sovereign, my King before whom I willingly bend my knee and give my life. You dwell in unapproachable light. You rule over even death. You alone have all honor and everlasting power. May I be blameless until Your glorious appearing. Amen.

Copyright 2008, Anne Lang Bundy

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