Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel? - Acts 1:6 NASB
Three years have come and gone. Jesus taught the boys to carry the kingdom of God wherever they went. He sent them out to do wonders—healing the sick—setting the demon possessed free—even showed them how to raise the dead.
After He fed the 5,000 they wanted to make Him their king.
He made His triumphant march into Jerusalem, and everyone watching thought that was the day—friend and enemy alike—that He would take the throne.
Then all hell broke loose. Less than a week later He was in a tomb. It was unthinkable.
But we all know, that was last week. We saw Him rise from the dead. He’s Alive. He is risen!
And with the risen Christ comes the old question—Now Lord?
Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?
Months, perhaps years, earlier when everyone was figuring out that He might just be the Messiah, Jesus told His disciples to beware the leaven of Herod.
This desire to have Jesus take up political power is a corruption of His anointing.
When they asked Him this question on the day of His ascension, He refocused them on what they needed to do. His call to them was not to bring morality to the nations, but to be His witnesses.
He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." - Acts 1:7-8 NASB
Today, many American Christians want to put Jesus on a political throne. We—like Herod—dress Him in a purple robe and ask Him to legislate—to be King of America. We consider ourselves a Christian Nation and recast Jesus as a pundit with a political agenda.
It’s the leaven of Herod, and it just won’t do. The problem with leaven—yeast—it impacts everything it get’s into. Jesus told us to BEWARE.
I understand and agree that Jesus must impact every area of our lives. He will impact how we vote, how we behave as a society.
I long for the day when the Christians in the US—and around the globe—are known primarily for the way they love—the way things are just better when their around.
Jesus made the political rulers and religious rulers crazy, not by usurping their power, but doing—DOING—what they should have done.
He didn’t gripe about policy’s that fed the hungry, He fed the hungry.
He didn’t complain protest the laws that prohibited Him from healing on the Sabbath, He made men and women whole.
He didn’t moan about high taxes, He simply preached to rich and poor alike, a message of aggressive generosity.
Hey, I know He got on the Pharisees case in Matthew 23. My point is simply that He didn’t let Himself get all caught up in political arguments, He just did the good that was needed.