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Friday, April 3, 2015

Do You Understand His Understatement?

In the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, there are numerous parts that we focus on. That we discuss. That we study. That we take to heart. But I feel that there is one section of this narrative that we fail to consider, and it may be one of the most important aspects of the entire process.

When Jesus is brought before Pilate, the governor asks, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus--who was known for telling some pretty good (and long) stories--provides a short response: "If you say so" (Matthew 27:11).

This statement is often skimmed over in the telling of this story. In fact, many churches will perform a play this Easter Sunday that portrays the crucifixion of Christ, and I will bet that few (if any) will include this scene.

Yet one could argue that these four words are the most important spoken by Jesus Christ.

Jesus went to the cross and died so that you and I could live. We focus on that part of the story. We stress that part of the story. And rightly so. However, that eternal life is not guaranteed for everyone. It is granted to those who want it. Who claim it. It is available to those who say that Christ is their Lord. Savior. King.

Jesus could easily point at us and say, "I am your Lord." End of discussion. But He wants us to want Him. To choose Him. To declare Him. In other words, if we were to ask Jesus if He was the Lord, if we were to ask Him if He was the King of our hearts, His response would be, "If you say so." Translation: If you want Me to be.

Before Christ's death and resurrection can have its full, intended effect, this simple yet powerful understatement must be addressed. Don't skip over this moment. Don't ignore the significance of those words. Don't pass on this vital decision. Claim the eternity that is waiting for you, that is given to you, by making the most simple yet life-changing statement:

I say that Jesus is my King.

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