Daily Devotion - November 20, 2020 - A King Who Brings Victory and Life

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 20, 2020
Reading:
1 Corinthians 15
Weekly Theme: Christ the King
Today: A King Who Brings Victory and Life

The past eight to nine months have been challenging. There are times when we each may have felt like raising the white flag in defeat or surrender. There are two different types of “diseases” that have caused these challenging times... COVID and, quite honestly, schisms caused by the political climate of our nation. Our temptation is to surrender, wave the white flag and give up and give in to all that is going on that defeats and divides us. As Christians, however, we should always look forward in the victory and life that Jesus Christ, the King, has already made possible for us through his life on earth, his death on the cross, his resurrection through which he conquered death and his ascension to heaven where he sits next to God and intercedes on our behalf. This week we have taken a look at Christ as King...the kind of King who rides a donkey, who exemplifiesm loyalty and is deserving of our loyalty, who calms and heals us, and invites us to come and see what he has in store for us. What does he have in store for us? Simply put, he offers now and in the future victory, abundant life, and life eternal.

Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15, that through the first Adam, sin entered the world, but through the last Adam, Christ, life and victory, eternal, became available to those who receive God’s gift of grace. Adam, made of dust, became a living man but Christ, who came from heaven, was both human and divine, lived among us and left us with his life-giving spirit. The natural man (Adam) could only die, but the spiritual man (Christ) can give life to our mortal bodies. We were all borne from the man of dust but we are born anew when we bear the image of the man of heaven, Jesus Christ, the King. Adam disobeyed God and brought spiritual and physical death to all humanity...but praise be to God, Christ, through his resurrection has made eternal life available to all.

Through the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed and in the Great Thanksgiving in many churches around the world, we unite our voices in declaring that Christ died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again. Through this we are acknowledging Christ, who himself was resurrected, will come again and we too, like he, will receive resurrected bodies. What exactly will this look like? We can search God’s Word for answers and imagine what is to be... but for now, we can rejoice that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, the King, has succeeded and continues to succeed where Adam failed. Adam and Eve, through sin, tried to destroy the hope we have in God. But God sent Jesus to restore our hope and to give us abundant life now and eternally. We serve a Savior and King who wants us to experience hope, love, joy, and peace now in this life and forever more.  In these uncertain times, Jesus, the King, is the kind of leader I am trusting to offer me life amidst turmoil, disease, and uncertainty.  Do you know this King who offers victory and life?

Dear God, thank you for sending us your Son, our Savior and King, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the image of royalty and loyalty he showed us so that we might know that God’s kingdom is not like man’s kingdom. It is a place where humility, love, peace, joy and hope prevail. Help us to embrace your kingdom in the way we live our lives and in so doing invite others to come and see, as your Son has invited us to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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