Hello, God has given me something in 1 Chronicles 29:25 which says,
“The LORD highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.”
Solomon: Solomon was highly exalted by God. Everyone, even Solomon’s own brothers acknowledged him as king. Solomon was God’s chosen king. But he wasn’t the only one who was exalted and chosen. Another man was, someone who would save the whole world. He was exalted much more than Solomon, but we haven’t gotten to that part yet.
Us: We are horrible, stinky, despised, angry, God-hating, Jesus-rejecting, hope-needing, weak, loathsome, mean, faithless, ruthless, wretches. We deserve to die and go to hell. We aren’t even worth our salt. We are in the pit of sin and we aren’t even calling for help. So if we are so horrible, stinky, despised, angry, God-hating, Jesus-rejecting, hope-needing, weak, loathsome, mean, faithless, and ruthless, then why aren’t we in hell? Why haven’t we gotten what we deserve?
Jesus: Jesus is the one who saved us! He came down to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, had no legal charges that Pilot or any man could bring on Him, was beaten beyond recognition, became sin for us, and died for us on the cross. Jesus, the wonderful, beautiful, loving, man/woman-drawing, awesome, almighty, great, powerful, exalted, Son of God, and yet He gave His life for us on the cross. Jesus is the one who was exalted. How? He rose again on the third day, He bursted forth in glorious day. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLy8ksqGf9w to hear “In Christ alone.”
Application: How does the 1 Chronicles verse apply to our lives? Jesus is our exalted king. He is the son of God, and He came down and died on the cross for us, and rose again on the third day, and God exalted Him like Solomon. Jesus made us His sons and daughters in Him. Now we are the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Now: Now, since Christ died for us, we can sin all we want, right? Wrong. We have Christ in us now, we do not need sin. We have flesh, but we can control our bodies, unlike the heathen, who indulge themselves in sinful lusts. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 says,
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for giving Your only son to die on the cross for us. Thank for exalting Him not us. I pray that I would draw close to You, and love You more. I pray that I would grow more and more in You. I pray that You would send a revival all around the world, and open people’s eyes and hearts to the gospel so that they can feel Your wonderful love. Thank You for making us Your sons and daughters. I pray that You would encourage believers who are struggling or are being persecuted. I pray that we would not pride ourselves, but remember that You should be exalted. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland