Does This Election Matter?
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” — Heb. 12:2
We have many offers these days to fix our eyes upon Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook and the news outlets are ablaze, inviting our eyes to gaze and our minds to dwell on who our next president will be. In light of this, how good it is for the writer of Hebrews to offer our eyes and minds a break. The word “fix our eyes” here literally means “to keep thinking about without being distracted.” So I invite you to take a break with me for a moment and think without distraction on Jesus, our true and permanent King.
Jesus never sinned (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:5). Jesus always spoke the truth. Not once was he deceitful or mislead people. Jesus was absolutely pure. He never lusted after a woman, but seemed to find ways of especially giving honor to women with all gentleness and care.
Jesus wasn’t starving for attention, always trying to make himself and his reputation better. Even though he had always upheld all things in this universe by the word of his power, he chose to be born into an obscure place in absolute weakness. Even though he was and is the radiance of God’s glory, yet he laid aside his honor to be be treated like a blasphemer and liar and fake and criminal. This King wasn’t starving for attention and glory while on earth. He came to serve and associate with the low and humble.
Jesus did all this so that he could be a conquering King over everything wrong inside of us and in the world. He did this so he could be the true and permanent King for all who put their trust in Him over temporal kings of temporal countries.
The Westminster Catechism says that Jesus continues to act as our King by calling us to Himself, by rewarding our obedience and gently correcting our sins, by preserving and supporting us in temptation and sufferings, by restraining and overcoming our enemies, and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory and our good. Jesus is a perfect King.
Does this election matter? Sure it does. But isn’t it sweet to take a step back and fix our eyes upon a real king… our real King?
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