I wonder about a problem we have. Christians declare, “Jesus Is Lord,” very boisterously. The voice is proclaiming, Jesus is a King. Even so, in many, the behavior denies it. If a king is the ultimate authority in government rule, his subjects must submit or else, pay the penalty. It is important to understand a few verses of Scripture, concerning the Lordship of Christ. (These Quotes are from the NKJV.)
- Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Explained by Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.’”
- Colossians 1:15, “He (JESUS CHRIST) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
- John 14:9, “Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’”
- Isaiah 9:6,
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
5. Revelation 17:14, “These (the unbelievers) will make war with the Lamb (CHRIST), and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
If we follow the logic of these verses, we come up with the conclusion, Jesus is God. Therefore, if Jesus is God, He is a King. If He is the King, the universe is subject to His authority. If the universe is to submit to His authority, we as citizens of His universe, are under His rule. If we are under His rule, we are to obey Him, not Him, submitting to us.
However, this King of kings is very peculiar. Why, would I say such a thing? Well, listen to these statements.
- Philippians 2:5-8, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Do Kings Act This Way?
2. Jesus said, in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Do Kings Act This Way?
The Lord Jesus, knowing He was going to the cross, in a matter of hours, desires to eat one last Passover Supper with His disciples. He sends Peter and John to prepare the meal for them. The King continues ministering to the crowds in Jerusalem. It was a hot dusty day. The labor of serving was tiring for the disciples who followed Jesus. The Lord and the disciples sandaled feet were covered with the dust of the day. It became time to go to the feast; Peter and John were preparing. As Jesus walked to the upper room, He was very cognizant about His authority.
“That the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God.” John 13:3
However, this is not on His mind during the walk. He is wondering if Peter and John, had prepared the basin and water jar, with the towels for feet washing. A little refreshing before dinner, would do wonders to clear away the grime of the day. When Jesus and His disciples came to the house, Peter and John did not greet them. There was no water for a quick foot bathing. Jesus noticing this, says nothing about it. Everyone takes their seat at the table, and the supper begins. However, Jesus was wondering, “If anyone is going to step up to the plate and clean the feet.” Hadn’t the King taught them to be servants? Jesus still did not say anything about this. Many wonderful memories and teachings happened throughout the dinner. Jesus institutes the new Passover, through the breaking of bread and drinking of wine. Fellowship was fun for all, except the traitor Judas. Unfortunately, Jesus was still troubled about no one washing anyone’s feet. Finally, this was too much for Him to bear. Nevertheless, do kings do what He now does. Instead of berating His disciples, the King of kings does something peculiar.
Jesus, “Rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:4-5.
He who is King, who deserves to have His feet washed by the disciples, washes the disciple’s feet. He who should be served, serves.
Do Kings Act This Way?
The King of kings, humbles His power and pride, to serve, not using His power to be served. Jesus, the King, does to others as He wants others to do to Him. The Lord makes Himself as you and me. He wants us to learn the lesson of the “Little Things!” Jesus told this to His embarrassed disciples.
“Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:12-17
God is the God of the big things and the little things. He created the universe and the atom. Maybe, God has big things for you to accomplish? However, never forget you are not so important to gloss over the little things. The disciples felt it was beneath their dignity to wash feet. This trivial task belongs to someone else, not me, each thought. This was not the thinking of the Lord. He wants the little things, to not be left undone.
The Lord began to teach me this hard lesson through a professor. This professor was ministering in a church. He had a long day and was tired. The professor’s desire was to rest in peace and quiet at home. Unfortunately, his plans were interrupted by an elderly lady. Her husband was sick, and she could not get him to the bathroom. Her solution was to call the pastor for help. Please, Pastor, come over and help me get my husband to the toilet. Upon hearing this, my professor said he became very irritated. He had no choice but to help. Why do I have to do this Lord? He complained this way, over and over. In his drive to the elderly couple’s house, he kept up the grumbling. Why me, Lord? Why me, Lord? Anger, in his heart, was building up. Amid his complaints, he heard a stern voice say to him, “WHY NOT YOU!” The professor was thrown into disarray by this rebuke. He stopped his complaining. Instead of saying, “Why me,” he started saying, “WHY NOT ME!” Suddenly, the burden of a little thing became a source of joy and delight to him. He confessed to the class, the burden of the bathroom call, became a joy in helping the person in need.
Simply, for us, Jesus is tired of hearing, “Why me, Lord?” Jesus, the Lord wants to hear from us, “Why not me, Lord.” People of faith, if you want to do big things for Christ first do the little things.
Jesus said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10
I believe the servant King is serious about this. Now to answer the question, “Do kings act this way?” My answer, only our God and Savior, the King of kings, does the serving even to the tiniest detail. The conclusion, so should you and me.