By Jeff Cloeter
[God] put all things under [Jesus’] feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:22–23 ESV).
It’s a predictable pattern. When power is given, power is abused. Another king acts as tyrant and abuses his people to maintain control. Another politician drops out of a race because he violated campaign finance laws. Another elected official resigns over a sex scandal. Another prominent pastor has an affair. Another priest is found guilty of abuse. Another NFL standout is arrested for domestic violence.
Those in power are tempted to misuse it. Those in charge too often hurt those under their charge. Greed, fear, and pride inspire people to do wicked things with authority. A little power amplifies the worst of the human heart. Is there a leader who does right? Is there any ruler we can truly trust?
Yes, there is One in charge, but he uses his power in a different kind of way. “All things [are] under his feet,” but he doesn’t trample. He’s “head over all things,” and yet he works as a servant (Ephesians 1:22–23 ESV). He’s the Lord of galaxies and governments. He is King over every king, prime minister, and president. But he exercises that power as a servant king. The symbol of his rule is the sign of execution, two beams of wood crossing one another. The height of his reign is demonstrated in the act of losing, dying, and giving his life for sinners. Yes, Jesus Christ is a Leader like no other.
When the world appears chaotic, when we are overwhelmed by the evening news, when our daily lives are filled with drama, we wonder if anyone is in charge. But coming together as Christ’s Church, we make the radical claim that one King is in charge of everything, even when everything seems out of control. After all, everybody thought Good Friday was the end of his tenure in office. Turns out, it was just the beginning.
Prayer: King Jesus, we need your reign and rule. Bring your mercy and might. Thy kingdom come. Amen.
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s latest resources, Together: Living as Christ's Church. This devotion book and digital teaching tools come together to form a five-week experience that will encourage your worshipers to see how God is bringing everything in this world together. God sent Jesus for us, and he sends Jesus into the world through us, living as Christ’s Church!
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