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The King That Changes The World

• Greg Boyd

Christ offers complete peace and security, but only when our eyes are fixed on him alone as our King.

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Greg opens with a story about when he was in high school and thought he was pretty hot stuff in track & field… Until he went to a state competition and saw that while he was the faster and taller at his own school, he was in fact the smallest and slowest one among the other athletes out in the real world. We all want to be king of our world. And there are even more who are also all competing to be king of our world.

But when Jesus says “you can’t serve two masters” this is the truth. Revelation 19:16 says he is the “king of all kings, lord of all lords.” Jesus offers us complete peace and inner protection, but only when we make him and him alone the king of our world.

There are two main points that Greg makes about Jesus’ kingship:

1) His rulership is Exclusive, and Subversive.

His rulership is exclusive because you really can only serve one lord at a time. In Ancient Rome, the citizens were expected to call Caesar Lord, and in fact they also called him “lord and savior of the world.” This is not a shared title. They did not call him savior of the world and their local governor the same thing. There can be only one king. He is exclusive.

His rulership is also subversive. By calling him Lord and King, the early Christians were effectively saying that Caesar was not. His kingship subverted the authority of the state. This is why he made a point to tell his followers that they should give Caesar what is his, since they still lived in his world. But it’s also part of the reason why so many early Christians were killed, because they were submitting to a different lord.

2) Jesus’ kingship is also “odd,” but beautiful.

His kingship is the exact opposite of what worldly kingship is like. In the world, a king is usually born into lavish opulence, to a family of status, he is followed and protected by police protection, he demands obedience (sometimes demanding it by violence and threats), and wears expensive clothes and a crown of gold and jewels, and everything is expected to glorify him.

Jesus’ kingship, on the other hand, turns all of this 180 degrees on its head. He is born to a woman out of wedlock (i.e. no small amount of scandal), the ruler in the local area heard of his coming and is looking to kill him, he ends up sleeping in a manger and the ones who come to visit him are not foreign dignitaries but lowly shepherds! And the way he rules is “not to be served but to serve,” he hangs out with low-lifes, he seeks glory not for himself but give it away(John 17:22) and he is given a crown but one made of thorns, not gold. He does have a police escort but it’s not for his protection but because he is to be killed, sacrificing himself for the sake of his subjects!

This rulership model is the one we are to follow. This character of self-sacrificial love gives glory to God, and shines his glory out into the world.

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Topics: Fear, Identity in Christ, Peace

Sermon Series: The Night That Changes The World


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Focus Scripture:

  • Luke 1:26

    Luke 1:26

    In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,

    Revelation 19:16

    On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

    John 17:22

    The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,

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2 thoughts on “The King That Changes The World

    Dave Pritchard says: Thursday December 17, 2015 at 12:09 am

    And for dessert…………..

    Andre Rabe – Incarnation – Time and Eternity – YouTube
    Video for Andre Rabe – Incarnation – Time and Eternity▶ 35:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b55ItMo6Dw

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    David W says: Friday January 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Dave Pritchard, thank you for sharing the link and introducing me to Andre’s ministry through it. I’ve been listening to his other messages now, and all I can say is, “Wow, what a refreshing message he gives.” I’m not sure if you’ll look back on this message and see my post, but thanks again, and for anyone that see this I recommend giving Andre a listen.

    In a similar (youtube) message of his titled “Discovering Eternity in TIme” (under the “BlissCoCo” Youtube channel) he even touches on what I’ve heard Greg talk about in his messages from time to time about replaying the same videos (i.e. thoughts, memories) through our mind where we create a false identity of ourselves.

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