Wednesday, April 17, 2013

taking down every high thing

Would you believe me if I say Jesus is at war?

His claims to being God were vindicated when He rose from the dead.
His redemption of the world of man was paid in full on the cross.
His claims to the throne are validated.
He is King.
Now, in the realm of man, and in the realm of the "principalities of the air," HE is at war against every one and thing that attempts to raise itself up or allows itself to be raised up by others.

Even. In. My. Heart.

He will rule everything, whether by choice or by force. Surely, one day every knee will bow, but that sounds like something so distant.

I believe, even now, the King wages war.

Even. In. My. Heart.

There are many places in Scripture to discuss in these matters, but I like the following as one chief example:

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. (Acts 17:1-9 ESV)

The Jews are upset because Paul is preaching Jesus.
The Gentiles are upset because Paul is preaching Jesus.
King Jesus is taking down every high thing that exalts itself over Him.

More accurately, every thing that TRIES to exalt itself above Jesus.

Jesus does turn the world upside down. Why? Because it's out of order. Sin is wrecking design. In God's love, He sends Jesus. In Jesus' righteous right to rule, He battles everything that resists His desire for order. Satan desires to rule, but the King encroaches on the Accuser's realm. Strong and valiant, Jesus wages war. Even through His Body, the Church, He wars. The Gospel is our constitution, and Jesus is our King.

Our King is at war!

That's all fine and dandy; right up until the moment when He starts to battle the high things in me. Pride. Self-centeredness. Greed. Lust. Self-dependence. On and on and on...

Praise God, the King is waging war.

Even. In. My. Heart.

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