Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus, whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
Lao Tzu, from Tao Te Ching, no. 76, translated by Stephen Mitchell
Our King is the King of the Jews, the King of Israel, the King of righteousness the King of all the ages, the King of Heaven, the King of Glory, the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
I wonder, do you know Him? Do you really?
He was a prophet before Moses, a priest after Melchizedek, a champion like Joshua, an offering in the place of Isaac, a king from the line of David, a wise counselor above Solomon, a beloved, rejected, exalted son like Joseph.
The heavens declare His glory, and the firmament His handiwork, He who is, who was, who always will be, the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, the Aleph and the Tau, the first fruits of them that slept, the “I AM that I AM,” the voice out of the burning bush.
He is the Captain of the Lord’s host, He is the conqueror of Jericho, He is enduringly strong, He is entirely sincere, He is eternally steadfast, He is immortally graceful, He is imperially powerful, He is impartially merciful.
He is the greatest phenomenon to ever cross the horizon of this world.
In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead, our Kinsman-Redeemer, our Avenger of Blood, our City of Refuge, our eternal High Priest, our perennial prophet, our reigning King.
He’s the loftiest idea in literature, He’s the fundamental doctrine of theology, He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism! He’s the Miracle of the Ages, the superlative of everything good.
We are the beneficiaries of His love letter, written in blood on a wooden cross, erected in Judea 2,000 years ago. No means can measure the limits of His limitless love.
He was crucified on a cross of wood, yet He made the hill on which is stood. By Him were all things made that were made, and without Him was not anything made that was made, and by Him all things hold together.
What held Him to that cross? It wasn’t the nails! It was His love for you and me.
He was born of a woman so we could be born of God. He humbled Himself below all things so we could be lifted up. He became a servant so we could be heirs with Him. He suffered rejection so we could become His friends. He denied Himself so we could freely receive all things. He gave Himself so He could bless us in every way.
He’s available to all, to the tempted and the tried, He blesses the young, He cleanses the lepers, He defends the feeble, He delivers the captives, He discharges the debtors, He forgives the sinners.
He franchises the meek, He guards the besieged, He heals the sick, He provides strength to the weak, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, He serves the unfortunate, He sympathizes and He reaches down to save.
His offices are manifold, His reign is righteous, His promises are sure, His goodness is limitless, His light is matchless, His grace is sufficient, His love never changes, His mercy is everlasting, His Word is more than enough, His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
He’s indescribable, He’s incomprehensible, He’s irresistible, and He’s invincible!
The heavens cannot contain Him and man cannot explain Him, The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him and found they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find fault with Him, the witnesses couldn’t agree against Him. Herod couldn’t kill him, death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold him!
He has always been and always will be. You can’t impeach Him and He isn’t going to resign! His name is above every name and at the name of Yeshua Mashiach every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, who reigns in power and glory, forever and forever. Amen and amen.