A rich young ruler came to Jesus seeking answers to questions. His questions were sincere, for he did not have any ulterior motives. The man had much going for him. He was moral, rich, and obedient to the Laws of Moses, yet he knew God was requiring more of him. He asked, “What … must I do to get eternal life?” What does eternal life mean? Does it mean a continuation of the life we presently live? No, for the young man was aware that his present life was lacking.
The young man sounds like us, for we too know our present life is lacking. We seek eternal life, yet we do not know how to obtain it. We are aware of the infinite and hear its call, yet do not know how to grasp it. We hear echoes of the eternal, and do not know how to obtain it. Our record appears clean, yet we know it is not. The answers to our questions leaves us hungry, thus we ache for more. Nothing we do brings us rest, and so we attempt to take hold of a life that will satisfy the deepest in us. We know there is more than flesh. We know there is more than we already possess.
In summary what is our cry? It is the cry of God’s lost child calling out after their Abba God. We are seeking God, seeking life, and all this before we ever come to Christ.
There is one phrase in Matthew chapter twelve that is a common thread through the chapter’s entirety: “One greater than …,” (6, 42, & 43). Though the phrase is the same, notice the subject of the phrase is different. Jesus speaking said, “One greater than the temple is here,” “One greater than Jonah is here,” and “One greater than K. Solomon is here.” Jesus states in this one phrase that he is greater than the three great institutions in Israel – the temple, the prophets, and the kings.
Mankind is ever in need of someone who is greater than itself to make it better than itself. Thus mankind is ever in need of a prophet who will speak the Word of God into our lives. Mankind is ever in need of a priest who will go before us and speak to God on our behalf. Mankind is ever in need of a king who is worthy to rule over us.
Never before or after Jesus has there been a man qualified to fulfill all three roles of prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is our prophet for he speaks the word of truth into our lives. Jesus is our priest who offered himself as the one last sacrifice that satisfies the needs of the law once and for all times to those who will accept it. Jesus is our king, for He now sits enthroned over all creation. Jesus is our Prophet, our Priest, and our King.
Do you know him?
Our country is in the midst of changing its leadership. It seems the seat of our government is presently empty. It also seems there is much national corruption, world chaos, and municipal rottenness with too many dilettantes playing the fool; there are problems everywhere. Our change in government reminded me of something Isaiah wrote, “In the year that king Uzziah died, (6:1). Uzziah was the only king Isaiah had known, and suddenly the throne was empty, and chaos was everywhere. But then Isaiah wrote, “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up.”
As we stand on the threshold of 2017, do we have a vision of our government being an empty throne, do we have a vision of worldwide chaos, or are we able to look past the empty throne and the chaos and have a vision of God enthroned? Such a vision of God is not one of an empty throne, or one of a throne that is tottering, but one where God is holy, in charge, and in control.
If we begin this year by first seeing God high-up and above all earthly thrones. If we can see that His throne is never empty, never trembles, and never changes. Then we can see, and we can know that God is very much in charge, in control, and that He has provided us with the answers to all of humanity’s ills. That answer is the evangel of Jesus Christ.
He is in control,