Jesus would have had a hard time getting elected president. Which of these catchy slogans would have won Him the popular vote?
“Pick up your cross daily and follow me!”
“When a government authority asks you to do something, go the second mile for them!”
“Be last, then you’ll be first!”
“Let’s humble ourselves! That’s what makes us great!”
Jesus would have had a hard time leading a negative campaign with the aim of smearing other people’s reputations. Jesus was horrible at spinning the truth to become popular. Jesus spent his time socializing with people who were hardly political movers and shakers.
No, it’s good that Jesus came as our King. And not just our King, but the King of all kings. Of course, as a king, Jesus doesn’t need to win votes or gain the approval of others to make the rules. As King, He gets to make the rules, we don’t. But Jesus really only has two.
Rule #1- Love God with all you heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Rule #2- Love your neighbor as yourself.
We are fortunate to have a forgiving, gracious King. As we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus this Christmas, let’s celebrate Him as our grace-filled Savior. But let’s not forget He is also our King. We don’t make the rules. Jesus does.
This blog was inspired by a message by Cathy that drew from Adam Hamilton’s book Incarnation.