Monday, March 5, 2018

Pastor's Ponderings, March 5, 2018

The Lamb of God Was Slain But Now He Reigns

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, my youngest daughter and I watched the Black Panther movie which as of this weekend made over $500 million dollars and no doubt will be one of the largest grossing movies in history with a mind-boggling budget just over $200 million dollars.  In this film, a newly installed king is charged with confronting a powerful enemy to save his nation. Clearly, we have come a long way from the Blaxploitation films of the seventies.

As thrilling as this film was, one cannot help but reflect what Jesus has done for us.  He laid down His life for our rebellion and defeated a bitter enemy. For His sacrifice, He received power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise (Revelation 5:12).  Our loving God then released His mighty power into the body of Christ and now reigns and makes intercession for us in heaven (Matthew 28:18, Hebrews 7:25).

We were impressed by the sacrifice of the young king in the Black Panther movie who went through great tribulations to fight against evil. However, we are much more impressed by our Risen Savior that delivered us from the penalty, the power, and the presence of sin (Colossians 2:14-15). He is blessing us, keeping us, comforting us, and prospering us.  Our God reigns!

Revelation 5:12
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12 In a loud voice they were saying: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!

Matthew 28:18

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18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Hebrews 7:25
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25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Colossians 2:14-15
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14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

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