The Greatest One of All

“And there on His robe and on His thigh was written His name: King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev 19:16 VOICE)

The nation wanted a god, so it created one. After seeing the signs and wonders of Egypt, knowing how God had spared them from death, after crossing the Red Sea on dry land and watching the destruction of the Egyptian army in its waters, after eating manna from heaven, provided daily at God’s hand, the Israelites pleaded with Aaron for gods to worship, and he complied. (Ex 32:1)

The nation wanted a king, so they begged for one. Discontented with the simple government of God, they desired a man to lead them instead. A throne. A scepter. A judge. The prophet Samuel spoke a warning against it, detailing the bondage that would follow. But uncaring, they insisted, so God anointed Saul. (1Sa 8:5)

The people wanted a prophet, a deliverer, and they pictured Him riding in surrounded by an army, able to fully defeat Rome with sword and spear. Unaware that Salvation had arrived in the birth of a child, conceived by God, born to a virgin, raised by a couple walking by faith.

He spread life, but they overlooked Him, discounted Him, crucified Him. Buried Him.

Then, after He’d been resurrected from the dead and had gone to be with the Father, they denied the event had happened. (1Co 15:12-14)

Oh, a handful of believers continued to spread the Truth, but hundreds, thousands of years later, it’d largely become folklore. “Who are these fools that call themselves ‘Christians’?” The Bible is outdated, outmoded, intolerant, out-of-sync.

The people want heroes, so they fashion them. Godlike men who defy scientific laws and redefine what it means to be “right” and “good.” Man-made creations, who sweep into impossible situations and overthrow handcrafted oppression. Books are written about them. Epic movies filmed.

When the Greatest One of All has lived and loved and served and healed and, in His death, defeated the enemy, the devil, for good. When God has given Him a name above all names, and He’s given those, who choose to follow Him, the right to use it. When this God who became Man, who became Son, who became Master is all they’d ever need. (Php 2:9)

“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him,” but the world doesn’t recognize Him.

He came to deliver them, but they look away. (Jn 1:10-11)

He “was made flesh, and dwelt among us … full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)

A humble Man, but not a weak man. A Man of wisdom and power and influence. A Man of kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness. A loving Man, the first-begotten of many. Filled with the Holy Spirit. Clothed in power.

Eternal. Savior. Messiah. King.

Suzanne D. Williams, Author

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