Thursday, October 30, 2014

Greatness: King Jesus or Alexander the Great?

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39

     A Christian labors for a kingdom that is never ending. The suffering of every saint is not in vain because "... the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom..." There are many men of this world who have fought for a kingdom that eventually ended. Their labors for their kingdom existed only in a temporal dominion. King Jesus has established a heavenly kingdom for his saints where they can enjoy the fruit of their labors for eternity.

     King Jesus accomplished something great conquers of this world only dreamed of. Through Jesus, his elect are the great conquers of this world. The apostle Paul may have never conquered as Alexander the Great but he was still greater. Both received numerous battle scars for their kingdom but only one will enjoy their labors for eternity. Paul may not be the King of his kingdom but his King will have everyone, including Alexander, to bow the knee at the name of King Jesus.

     Both King Jesus and Alexander the Great fought and suffered for their kingdoms but only one was God. What act is greater? Surely, God stepping down from his thrown to fight and suffer for an undeserving human race is. The kingdom of Jesus is a kingdom worth fighting for not only because of its eternal existence but due to the great love wherewith he loved us when he died on the cross. No battle scar received by Alexander ever amounted to the scars of our great Savior. Alexander was able to escape death on many occasions during battles but death eventually found him and he was not able to defeat it. The grave could not contain King Jesus because on the third day he arose, proving victorious over death. King Jesus allowed human hands to nail him to the cross but he did not allow or need human hands to resurrect him from the dead!

     Alexander boasted of descending from his gods but where are their temples now? Their existence depended on the human hands that made them and are now nothing more than an ancient historical display. They are ruining away and will one day perish with the fallen world but King Jesus has a temple that lives forever, because he is the temple of new Jerusalem! The new Jerusalem will have no need of a physical temple "for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."

     There is a time and place to fight for worldly kingdoms but do not forget that the kingdom of King Jesus is worth far more than any kingdom of this world. Alexander the Great offered worldly riches but could never save the souls of the inhabitants of his kingdom. Also, Alexander the Great could not rule over his kingdom forever and it eventually divided and fell. King Jesus holds his kingdom together now and forever and can offer salvation and heavenly riches untold but the greatest gift of his kingdom is to be able to worship him forever!

The battle cry of the saints is the blood of the Lamb and their labors are never in vain and will never be forgotten!