Sunday, February 24th, 2013
The Chain Of Command (Part 15)
A New Order
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth.'
Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.'
Matthew 20:25-26 (NKJV)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:34 (NKJV)
King Jesus brought new order and new orders to us.
What's the new order? It's about Earth's chain of command. Satan, 'The god of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4), is no longer top gun. Jesus, the 'King of kings' (Revelation 19:16), is Top Gun now and forever--crowned by an unprecedented victory on the cross.
'And He said to them, 'This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many' ' (Mark 14:24). His Blood sealed man's new agreement with God.
Why does Satan still seem to be in charge? Wherever the Holy Spirit is not, Satan is. Voids beg to be filled.
The 'is not' territory covers much of the earth and most of its people. Before making an end to all things evil, Jesus waits. He waits on God's signal. He waits on His Communication Task Force to get The Word out: to spread the good news of a righteous government--before He cleans house.
What are His new orders to us? They're about conduct: a specific code of conduct for war and for peace. It's revolutionary, because what government calls its people to love their enemies?
'But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:44-45).
When Jesus first introduced the idea, the people were shocked: 'So that they questioned among themselves, saying, 'What is this? What new doctrine is this?' ' (Mark 1:27). 'No man ever spoke like this Man!' (John 7:46).
Even more: 'I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away' (Matthew 5:39-42).
'For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His Life as a ransom for many' (Mark 10:45). Because life comes from death, victory from defeat, gain from loss, promotion from submission and kingship from service.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Chain of Command series.