Question: Is Jesus your King?
5 But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
7 “Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.”
8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.
9 So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
The jealous Jews made two accusations to the rulers against Paul and Silas. Since they couldn’t find Paul, Jason and some other brothers took the heat. The jews accused Paul of not only turning the world upside down, but they also accused him of breaking Caesar’s law by saying there is another king named Jesus. This troubled the crowd and the rulers. But Jason must have explained to them that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world, that it is a spiritual kingdom, for the rulers let them go after they made them pay bail.
Caesar may control the laws of the Roman Empire, but Jesus is King of his people’s hearts. A king is a ruler, a chief, someone who is preeminent. Who rules the throne of your heart? Who is king of your life? Is Jesus really your King and your Lord?
As life goes on, our loyalty to our King will be tested. We will be challenged to follow his ways.
We may say, well of course he is my king: I honor my parents, I tell the truth, I don’t steel, I don’t commit adultery.
Yes that is the idea, how about these challenges: let not filthy communication come out of your mouth, lust not in your heart, when someone curses you – bless them in return?
Oh, and what about these: forgive one another, love your enemies, pray for those that use you?
How about … wife submit to your husband, and husband sacrifice for your wife, child obey your parents?
And … Overcome evil with good, he who loses his life for my sake shall live, turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, lead others by serving, etc…
A king is a monarch. The word monarch means – he who rules alone. Again I ask, who rules our life? There can only be one king. Are we ruling our life, or is Jesus ruling? Let Jesus be our King. Let us submit to him. He is a good king, he is a kind and loving king. Let’s not overthrow him. Let us bow to him, and worship him. Amen.