E-votional - Christ, My King
November 29, 2004


“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:33-43(NRSV)


Kings and Kingdoms, these are things of other places. America knows only of Kings and Queens through other cultures and countries. Kingdoms, well, we have the Magical Kingdom of Disney World and Disney Land. For most of us, kingdoms are fantasies, they are places somewhere else, lived by other people. But the truth of the matter is that we are Kingdom people ourselves. We live in our own Kingdom, ruled by the king who drives our very being. Those kings might be the Dollar, Power, Control, Self-interest, Compassion, Caring, Love or even food. These are kings who we give power to. These kings are mere mortals who we give power and authority to. But there is a King who calls to us and desires to be our King. The King Of kings, and the Lord of lords calls to us even today. “Be My Kingdom people, for I love you and desire to have the deepest relationship with you. Give me your heart and I shall lead you all of your days.” Do you hear Him, do you hear his call?

Hear the Good News, Jesus as King is the Servant as King. With so many kings of the world, this is a great time to stop and look at Christ the King. Here we have the Son of God, who healed the sick, gave hope to those deep in despair, and even gave life to the dead. Jesus, who walked on water, fed the multitude and captivated thousands with his words. The Messiah. But as a King, Jesus was counter-cultural. He was the King who would teach that the first shall be last, that the meek shall inherit the earth, that the hungry will be made full and even that those who weep will laugh again. He taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who would wish us ill will.

Today, instead of walking within the status quo world, let us all walk against the grain of "me first" and put others first. This what it means to be people who follow Christ, our King.


   Gracious God, thank You for loving me and making a difference in my life.  Help me to follow you and to love and serve in this world.  Let my life a witness to Jesus' presence in my life. Thank You for all You have done and all You continue to do. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Grace & Peace

Rev. David Banks
First United Methodist Church of Onalaska
PO Box 687
Onalaska, TX 77360
(936) 646-5859


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