Our King on the Cross

Our King on the Cross

Christianity is the Jewish faith redefined around Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, the cardinal sin was not immorality but idolatry. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:1-3) In the New Testament, this gets redefined around Jesus. We are to acknowledge Jesus as King and deny all other gods. In Christianity, our understanding of idolatry is focused on denial that Jesus is the Christ. This is highlighted in the passion narratives by the betrayal of Jesus by Judas and Peter. This is now understood as the worst possible sin, yet even this can be pardoned. In the Gospels, Judas does not repent and kills himself. Peter repents and is made leader of God’s renewed people. Too many Christians have today hardened their hearts and are blind to the fact that we have publicly denied Jesus as King. We do not acknowledge Jesus is King in politics, eduction, business or even the family. This is not just another sin, another act of immorality; this is idolatry: the worst possible sin in Christianity. If we refuse to repent, we will kill ourselves. This is what we have been doing for a long time, particularly in the past fifty years. Our society is killing itself. Christians must repent and once again acknowledge that Jesus is King!

Proclaiming the Gospel

The good news is that because of the Cross, Jesus will forgive us even of betraying him. He will even, like Peter, give us a place of leadership if we repent. We must follow the way of the Cross and proclaim the Gospel. We have been reconciled with God through acknowledging his Son as King. With gratitude and thanksgiving, we must now proclaim the Gospel. Christians can now be reconciled together through forgiving one another and becoming one in Christ through acknowledging him as the one and only King.

 

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