A Prince and a King

July 22, 2013 the world, and especially Great Britain, became excited because another royal prince was born - George Alexander Louis was born to Kate and Prince William. He was born into prominence and wealth. News of this great event circled the globe in a matter of minutes.

    Over two thousand years ago another Prince was born. He was not born to prominent parents, nor into wealth. He was laid in a manger out of which the animals had previous eaten. Human news media did not announce His birth to the whole world, but an angel and then a heavenly host announced it to a few shepherds (Luke 2). 

    Jesus is not just a prince in an earthly kingdom, but Prince of life itself (Acts 3:15). The Greek word translated “Prince” means “Originator.”  Jesus is “Prince of Life” because He gave life to all (John 1:4). He not only gives us physical life, He can give us eternal life (John 11:25-26).

   Prince George is third in line to become King of England, - a future possibility, but with Jesus’ kingship was not just a possibility, but a certainty.  It is not a future goal; it is a present reality. Today He is King of kings, and Lord of lords (I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14). His kingdom is the church (Matthew 16:18-19). You and I can be translated into that kingdom (Colossians 1:13-14). 

    Are you in the kingdom over which Christ reigns? God, the Father wants to rescue you from the domain of darkness, and transfer you into the kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13). There, the Prince of Life can give you peace.  It is “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, (which) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7. Make Jesus the King of your life today.

Wayne Burger

 

Baptism: If...Then

We ought to be motivated based on what the consequences of our action will be. Maybe we will refrain from doing something because of the bad consequences. Maybe we are eager to do something because of the blessing that comes with it. We might think of this as an “if – then” arrangement.  If this is true and offers these blessing then what are the consequences if these actions are not done?

Honoring Fathers

Although it is an old quote it conveys a message for today. “Dad is destiny. More than virtually any other factor, a father’s presence in the family will determine a child’s success or failure… Fatherlessness is the most destructive trend of our generation.”  And then the last sentence, “Real progress will come only when there is renewed conviction that being a loving father and a good husband is the best part of being a man” U. S. News and Report, February 27, 1995, “Why Fathers Count.”  It is no wonder that our nation has set aside a day to honor fathers.

  He is to be honored because he provides the physical necessities of life for his family. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” I Timothy 5:8. After the sin of Adam God laid down this principle, “By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19.

He is to be honored because he realizes that providing the physical necessities of this life is secondary to providing for the spiritual nourishment for his family. Jesus gave fathers the proper priority, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things (physical necessities) will be added to you” Matthew 6:33. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4.

He is to be honored because he exhorts, encourages, and implores his children in love (I Thessalonians 2:11). To exhort means that fathers instruct their children in the right path. To encourage literally means to cheer up. To implore is to beg, to plead or to insist.

Wayne Burger