By Joanna Zeiner
Today's Scripture: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Central Thought: When we serve Jesus as one with Him, we honor Him as King of our lives.
Bayete! Bayete Nkosi! Ululations midst celebration filled the auditorium as King Zwelitini, direct descendent of Shaka Zulu, entered the platform.
I never understood the concept of Jesus Christ as my King until I moved to Africa. At first my visceral 'throw the tea into the harbor” attitude surprised me. But I watched, listened, and in time I saw past the filter of my American tradition. A king forms a people's identity, their authority, their provision, their point of appeal and advocacy.
When kingship is done right, a king and the people are one. 'Done right”, however, is the problem. Most earthly kingships follow the course of God's warning to Samuel in 1 Samuel 8 when the people of Israel demanded a king so they could be like all the other nations. God had 'done right”. He and the people were one—until the people rebelled. God gave them a king, then He used kingship to paint a picture of His true sovereignty.
Often earthly kingship is clouded with human sin, thus the scriptural appeal to pray for our earthly authorities. But if I look closely, I can see Christ as King is meant to be. And I can celebrate, 'Bayete! Bayete Nkosi Jesu! Hail! King Jesus!”
Devotional Prayer: Lord Jesus, I honor You as my King! In ways I'm just beginning to understand, I realize I do not stand alone. For as my King, what touches me touches You—and You are jealous for Your own! With great praise I honor You!
Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35; 1 Peter 2:11-3:7; Psalm 119:-64; Proverbs 28:12-13