Provoked To Good Works

Spiritual Growth Takes Time and Effort

Luskey and Donna Green

Following Jesus always results in doing the good works that He modeled as an example for our life-style. Following Jesus constantly leads us in answering this question: "What does the love of Christ within me compel me to do in this real life situation?" God is the one who brings these situations to us to act upon, but we gotta to have His eyes to see them and not walk away! This is kingdom servanthood.

The King and His Kingdom

This, our first article, begins where it should. We begin with the King. His coronation a crown of thorns and purple robe. Our King demonstrated such remarkable powers in His walk on earth. The list is long: he healed the sick, cast out demons, caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, he calmed the winds and the waves, walked on water, he raised the dead, spoke the word and healed persons miles away! Yes remarkable. But all these combined together could not reach to the power manifested that Passover week-end in which they crucified Him!

Yes, the Romans crucified Him, the Sanhedrin council applauded. But our King allowed it, voluntarily submitted to it. They came to arrest Him. “Who do you seek”, the King asked? “Jesus of Nazareth”, they replied. “I AM HE”, he replied taking a step toward them. The soldiers fell back to the ground. The King gave Himself to them.
He gave Himself as a lamb to be slaughtered by the most vile, evil and vicious form of death known to man. Why? The answer may surprise many. He did so because it was the only way to issue in the glorious Messianic Kingdom He came install to subdue all the evil empires upon the earth. Reflect a good long time upon what inspiration speaks to us today concerning the cross, “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:15, ESV) Evil conquered in the heavenly realm! And again, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Hebrews 2:14-15, ESV) Evil conquered for many in the earthly realm as well. Is the fear of death controlling your life’s decisions?

Israel’s Messianic King came with His Kingdom despite Israel’s intention otherwise, despite the Devil and all his minions’ plans to the contrary. The resurrection powerfully completed the bringing the King of Kings and the eternal Kingdom of God. The lyrics goes something like this, “He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive and I’m forgiven, Heavens Gates are open wide” The truth is, “and I’m forgiven, God’s Kingdom has arrived!”

No, the King’s throne is not on this earth, but His kingdom is! Look! Hundreds saw Jesus our King alive from the dead. His Divine power limitless. He could have fulfilled every expectation the nation of Israel had for their Messianic King. No problem, period. He could have appeared at the Sanhedrin Council, look the High Priest eye to eye – alive from the dead and declare once for all, “I’m the King of the Jews.” What could they have said to Him? He could have appeared at the Roman Senate, with a flick of the wrist disable the Roman Guard, require the Senate to bow the knee to the King of Kings; and Vespasian as well. He could have but He did not. Why? Because His Kingdom is not like the kingdoms of the world. It was not then, it is not now, nor shall it ever be!

Next time more about the Kingdom. But know this, you and I are to be integral parts of His Kingdom’s impact upon this earth. “He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive and I’m forgiven, God’s Kingdom has arrived!”