Read through the lesson below (if you are in a group take turns reading). Then have a discussion, possible questions are included at the end. If you are alone, try to pair up with others in a small group though texting or even a phone call.
“To keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time —God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:14-16 NIV).
In this election year I think of all the negativity around the campaigns and all the rulers filled with their egos and pride—trying to manipulate us with fear and emotion. Even in looking back over history we see kings, emperors, presidents and rulers of all sorts. There have been good ones, and there have been bad ones, and here in the United States we find it hard to understand what is meant by the absolute power of a king. We sometimes forget that there are many of our Nazarene brothers and sisters around the world that have no idea of choice or elections; or anything but dictators. Let’s face it, no human system is perfect. Only God’s ways are perfect.
In these passages we read of not only the “only ruler” but also a magnanimous perfect loving ruler that alone is worthy of our worship. Nothing, absolutely nothing here on earth is worthy of this worship, although we should strive as Christians to support and help the good people doing their best. However, God alone “lives in the unapproachable light, whom no one has seen”.
Jesus, Son of God, Christ, the Messiah is the only one worthy of our worship. The Triune God who came to save us and who will be coming back. The One who was and is and is to come. King of Kings, the one over ALL rulers. One of the last things Jesus tells his disciples as He sends them out into this world is that “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” Matt 28:18. This statement from His own lips puts Him over all kings, rulers, dictators, and elected officials. It also means He is overall, even those that don’t know Him. He is not just Lord over those that believe He is, He is Lord of all.
Looking at Jesus like this helps us understand Him and why He loves everyone. As King of Kings He loves perfectly and with grace for all. Nothing you do or have done can ever assuage His love for you. Have Hope! He is the one in control. Hold on and keep His commands.
1. Today meditate and think of how you see Jesus, is it influenced by the human systems of rule you know?
2. Is Jesus Lord of Lords, King of Kings in a loving, caring, magnanimous light, or a LORD OF LORDS, KING OF KINGS, negative authoritative and judgmental light?
3. Imagine that Jesus wants to give you the best day ever, because He does. Can you imagine what that day would be like? Now imagine bigger!