TODAY’S READING: 1 CHRONICLES 10-12
God exalted Jesus to the throne and gave him a name above every other name because he emptied himself and became a slave, obedient even to death on a cross. This was the Father and the Son in one accord, making Jesus king.
But, there is another aspect to making Jesus king. We have a role to play in making Jesus king too. In 1 Chronicles 12, there are several phrases that allude to our role in making Jesus king:
- “the men of Manasseh deserted to David” (verse 19)
- “the armed troops who came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him” (verse 23)
- “of Manasseh 18,000, who were expressly named to come and make David king” (verse 31)
- “all these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king” (verse 38)
- “all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king” (verse 39)
Jesus destroyed the works of the devil and defeated death, the devil’s weapon that we are in fear of, through his own death. Colossians 2:13-15 says, “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
The enemy has been defeated. The work of Jesus and the Father is finished. They have established the kingdom.
But, we must see this. And, if we see it, then we desert to Jesus, to the kingdom of light from idols, the god of this world, Satan, and the kingdom of darkness. In 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, Paul of the Thessalonian church “how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
John also writes about deserting to Jesus from the world, but he does it in the context of deserting to love from lust. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16) Basically, John is saying to desert your lusts for the love of the Father. The world, the kingdom of lusts, is passing away. We should desert it like the sinking ship that it is.
We have turn the kingdom of our hearts, the kingdom of Saul, over to Jesus. This is what repentance and baptism are about. In repentance, we renounce the right to rule our own hearts, our own lives, our own kingdoms. And, we turn the right to rule over to Jesus. In baptism, we die with Christ, dying to ourselves. We make a public declaration that we, and Satan, are no longer king of our hearts. Instead, we are making Jesus the king of hearts. We are pledging our sole, undying allegiance to Jesus and his kingdom.
Notice throughout this chapter it speaks of “singleness of purpose,” “whole heart,” and “a single mind.” To serve a king and his kingdom, there can be no divided loyalty. You can’t serve one king over here and a different over there. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Making Jesus king is an either/or, not a both/and, proposition. There’s no middle ground. For, a double minded is unstable in all his ways.
We cannot pledge our undying allegiance to Jesus yet at the same time pledge allegiance to a flag, to a government, to a president, to a country. For, in Christ there is neither Greek nor Jew, barbarian nor Scythian. All these distinctions have been done away with.
If we look further into the tribes that came to David in 1 Chronicles 12, how many came, how they came, and what they did, then we will see that we have quite a role to play in making Jesus king. We will find that is not by making Jesus king like every other king of this world – through a violent revolution – like the Jews wanted in John 6:15. Instead, we go about making Jesus king by dying ourselves, walking in his Spirit, and bearing the fruit of the Spirit. Instead of waging physical war with carnal weapons, we are making Jesus king in a spiritual war with spiritual weapons, with divine power that destroy the strongholds of our hearts and minds that are raised against the knowledge of God.