Monday, December 13, 2010

Bow the Knee and Confess Jesus as Lord

"And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him." (Mark 15:16-20)

As I was reading this account of the trial of Christ in Mark 15, I stopped to think about the scene when these soldiers mock Christ. Here we see them, in what seems to be great control over the Lord Jesus Christ. We know because of Scripture that all events went according to God's perfect plan but at this time the soldiers think they have Jesus under their full control. These soldiers were ruthless as they put him in a purple cloak and force a crown of thorns upon his head. They mock him, strike him in the head and spit on him; but then the text says, "Kneeling down in homage to him." Obviously this was a mockery of Christ's claim to be the "King of the Jews." What crossed my mind when reading the text this time is the reality of these men will face at the Day of Judgment.

We read nothing of their repentance of sin. We read nothing of their grief over mocking and crucifying the Savior, Jesus Christ. But on the Day of Judgment I cannot imagine the horror that awaits them as they will see Christ high and exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father ready to judge. The Bible is clear that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 14:11). At the Judgment these men will bow before the one mocked. They will stand once again before Jesus Christ. This time they will bow the knee and they will confess Jesus as Lord because undoubtedly they will see the truth at this point.

The truth is Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the one that every knee will bow before and every tongue will confess him as Lord. The question is this: Will you confess him as Lord now and submit to his kingship or will you be like these soldiers and reject Christ as the King of kings until the Day of Judgment? There is no greater joy than laying down your life to live under the headship of Jesus Christ. His love is like no other. Christ left the glories of heaven in order to be the substitute for those who would repent and place their trust in his atoning sacrifice. I'm pleading with you: Don't delay. Bow the knee and confess Jesus as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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