We are all longing for Jesus to draw near to us so that we can be comforted and encouraged. We are all in desperate need of a redeemer who will overcome sin and death. And now by the Glory of Christ, He is the One who paid the debt we couldn’t pay. He is the One who completely fulfilled all that was promised. He is the only One who can open our eyes. He is the One who is risen indeed.
The King of Kings requires obedience as we go where He sends us, as we listen to what He tells us, and as we do what He commands us to do. The King of Kings is worthy of Praise as we humbly make a way for Him, as we praise Him for all that He has done, as we praise Him for who He is, and as we praise Him even when others turn away. The King of Kings is full of Compassion. He has demonstrated His love, He has granted us peace, He has revealed His truth, He has set us free, and He has given us life. As Christ followers God has blessed us with His very presence in our lives. But even with His presence we still need to do all we can to guard against moral failure and sin. We need to flee from sin as we refuse to participate in rebellion against our God. We need to remember our responsibilities and who we ultimately belong to. We need to shut out and avoid would-be tempters as we run for our lives from sin. We will know we are moving in the right direction away from sin when we find ourselves enduring persecution for doing what’s right.
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Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”