The Week That Changed The World

A Series on Passion Week by Chris Goins | A2.CHURCH | Artwork by Calvin Ross

On Good Friday, the most sophisticated religious system of its time, allied with the most powerful political and military empire on the planet, aligned themselves against one solitary man — the only perfect man who has ever lived. God in the flesh. Jesus, a thirty-something-year-old man from a town in the middle east known as Nazareth.  

But, that’s getting ahead of ourselves. This is an in-depth, “behind the scenes” look at what happened during the week that changed the world and the events that changed eternity.  

The final week of Jesus’ life includes a flurry of activity. Over the next several days we’ll count down the days to the cross. 

The highlight of Friday or Saturday one week before Jesus’s execution includes an intimate moment of worship in gratitude for an unbelievable miracle of grace. Six days later, the week would culminate with a heinous act of murder. 

Here’s how the Gospel of John describes the act of worship. 

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair.
The house was filled with the fragrance.
But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11 for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus. – John 12:1-11 NLT

On the heels of Lazarus being raised from the dead, Martha, Mary and Lazarus hosted a dinner party for Jesus in their home. This was a “thank you” dinner! Only days before, Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary, had tragically died. All hope was lost. Then Jesus, four days after their brother’s death, spoke three power-filled words, “Lazarus, come out!” and a guy dead four days was raised back to life (John 11)! 

The religious leaders were irate, but this family wanted to celebrate. Jesus was the guest of honor! He was the center of attention. And, Lazarus was “Exhibit A” of the redeeming, rescuing, resurrecting power of God. 

In the aftermath of this family miracle, Mary decided to crash the party and take a jar of expensive perfume — worth the equivalent of about a year’s wages and pour it on the feet of Jesus (12:5). 

In that era an ordinary worker worked six days a week, approximately 12 hours a day, to make a living that, in today’s economy, may be the equivalent of approximately $27,000. The equivalent of a year’s salary was gone in one 15 to 45 minute act of worship. 

This may have represented Mary’s life’s savings? It could have represented her dowry or her portion of some kind of inheritance that she had received? We’re not certain. All we know is that she took this lavish gift poured it on the feet of Jesus. 

One author described this act of worship as “extraordinary love”. Joanna Weaver, in her excellent book, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, wrote:  

“[This is] extravagant love. The kind of love that disregards everything else so it can focus on one thing alone: the object of that love. The kind of love that sacrifices everything, only wishing it had more to give. Nothing is too precious. Nothing is too exorbitant… When Mary anointed Jesus at the banquet given in his honor, she gave her very best. In fact, she may have laid down her very future when she poured the perfume on his feet. For that jar of perfume…may have very well held every hope and dream she’d ever had.” [1]

The perfume inside the jar was pure nard. It was made from the root of a plant grown mainly in India. It had to be imported, which meant it was extremely rare and very expensive. It was a perfume used for anointing the dead for burial, anointing priests and anointing and honoring kings. Mary’s inspiring act of worship indicates at least three things: 

  1. She knew Jesus was King! 
  2. She knew Jesus was a Priest.
  3. She knew that He was the Savior who would die for our sins and in our place. 

Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume, made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. 
The house was filled with the fragrance. 
—John 12:3 NLT

Verse 3 indicates that Mary even took her hair and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. 

Have you ever wondered, Why? Why did Mary kneel at the feet of Jesus and wipe his feet with her hair?

In the first century providing care for another person’s feet was the job of a servant. Mary took that humble position at the feet of Jesus. Feet that were dirty, sweaty and probably smelly from hours of walking dusty roads in opened toed sandals. Again, why did Mary kneel at Jesus’ feet and wipe those feet with her hair? Could it be that Mary wanted everyone in the room to know that the very “least” of Jesus is worthy of the best of us? 

The very “least” of Jesus is worthy of the best of us!

I mean, why didn’t Mary simply use a clean, soft towel? 

In that era a woman’s hair was a treasured part of her identity. In fact, ordinarily a woman would only let down her hair in the presence of her husband. 

By wiping Jesus’ feet with her hair, Mary seems to be saying something like: “My hair is the most beautiful and pure thing I have. It represents who I am. But if it can serve to magnify the beauty and purity of Jesus, then it would be an honor to turn it into a rag to dry your feet…” 

The impact of Mary pouring the perfume on Jesus’ feet is clear. Verse 3 says that  “the house was filled with the fragrance.” That detail is inspiring! Mary’s act not only affected Jesus. It affected everyone gathered in that home. 

Get this: authentic, God-centered, Jesus-obsessed, extravagant worship may be personal, but it’s impact is rarely ever just private. Authentic worship has a way of changing the atmosphere and environment. It has a way of influencing, affecting and changing everyone in the vicinity. 

Unfortunately, while the majority in the room were taking in the fragrance and captivated by Jesus’ presence, at least one person in the room was upset by the entire episode. 

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. —John 12:4-6 NLT

Why did Mary’s humble, generous and extravagant act of worship bother Judas so much? Inquiring minds want to know. Seriously.  

Maybe because whenever worship and generosity — especially extravagant worship and radical generosity — focuses in on Jesus as the center of everything — makes Jesus the centerpiece of life — then self-centeredness and selfishness will always battle to retake center stage and control. 

John 12 gives us some insight into the character of Judas. He didn’t care about the poor. He didn’t really see this as an opportunity for benevolence. Instead, he saw the equivalent of a year’s salary being “wasted” instead of being liquidated and put into the collection box so he could skim some off the top for himself. 

The difference between having a heart like Mary or a heart like Judas all boils down to this: 

Whether we become increasingly generous and extravagant in our worship, or, increasingly self-centered and selfish depends on what has captured and what continues to captivate our heart.

Three Thoughts From This Story

1. Gratitude, worship and generosity are always the right response to God’s extravagant GRACE (vs 1-2).

According to John 12:1-2, Martha, Mary and Lazarus hosted a dinner part in honor of Jesus, because this little family was overwhelmed with gratitude for what Jesus had done for their brother, Lazarus, in raising him from the dead (John 11). 

When this little family thought about the miracle they had received just days before, all they could do was worship. 

Martha worshiped by organizing, preparing and serving the meal. She was that kind of girl. She had those kinds of gifts. She loved to cook. She loved to serve. So, that’s the way she worshiped. 

Lazarus worshiped by just being there. He probably thought, “Hey, I did the hard work. I died. Try it sometime. It doesn’t feel good..”  So, Lazarus was there, probably sharing his story and sitting just as close to Jesus as possible. 

But then there was Mary. What about Mary, Lazarus’s other sister? What could she bring to the occasion? 

She may have been the “artist” in the family? We’re not certain, but I do believe she started thinking about this the moment Martha suggested, “Let’s have a ‘Thank You’ Dinner.” She may have even talked over the idea with Martha and Lazarus. She may have even thought, “Lazarus can share his story. It’s a great story. Martha can organize and cook. She’s a great cook.  But what about me? What can I do to let Jesus know how I feel about what He did for my brother?”

She had an idea. At first it may have even seemed absurd. But the more she thought about it, the more she liked it. So, Mary, took the most valuable possession and treasured object she possessed — a container of expensive perfume worth an entire year’s salary, probably her life’s savings — and she poured it all on the feet of Jesus, because she wanted Him to know, “You’re worth it! You’re worth it.”

Regardless of how these three expressed their worship, it was all a response to grace that they couldn’t fully comprehend. This group of siblings just knew they had received a gift and the only logical response was to pause and praise.  

How about you? What do you have to be grateful or thankful for today?

Thankfulness, gratitude, worship and generosity flow out of a heart that sees all of a life as a gift. The only alternative to a life of gratitude, worship and generosity is a heart that is chronically self-centered, selfish, discontent, dissatisfied, complaining and judgmental, like Judas.

2. The enemy of radical generosity and extravagant worship is pre-occupation with self (vs 4-6). 

In his excellent book, Money, Possessions and Eternity, Randy Alcorn writes this about giving: 

“The act of giving is a vivid reminder that our life is all about God, not about us. It says, ‘I am not the point, God is the point. He does not exist for me. I exist for him…’ Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater Person and a greater agenda. Giving affirms Christ’s lordship. It dethrones me and exalts him. It breaks the chains of [money] that would enslave me and transfers my center of gravity to heaven.” [2]

Remember: 

Whether we become increasingly generous and extravagant in our worship, or, increasingly self-centered and selfish depends on what has captured and what continues to captivate our heart.

3. Extravagant worship and radical generosity always get the attention of God. 

When Judas reprimanded Mary, Jesus immediately spoke up. “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” —John 12:7-8 NLT

Jesus was basically saying, “You will have many opportunities to help the poor, but you won’t always have me.”

“You won’t always have me…” Jesus knew what no one else in the room knew. The countdown on the last week of his earthly life had already began, and Mary was saturating the moment with worship. 

This wasn’t new for Mary. Jesus seemed to be the magnificent obsession of her life. 

In fact, some time before the extravagant act of worship we read about in John 12, Martha, Mary’s sister, hosted another dinner party for Jesus in her home. 

39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be
taken away from her.”
—Luke 10:39-42 NLT

That was the heart of Mary. Her heart was revealed once again the Friday or Saturday, one week prior to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. A second anointing would take place only four days later (See Matthew 26:6-13;  Mark 14:3-9). [3]

The day after Sabbath, Jesus entered Jerusalem in what we call, “The Triumphant Entry”. 

Scholar, Andres Kostenberger, estimates that the first day of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life — Palm Sunday — took place on March 29, 33 AD! [4] This was the most important week in the life of the most important person who has ever lived. The events that occurred on Palm Sunday are so important that they are shared in all four gospels (Matt 21, Mk 11, Lk 19 and Jn 12). 

As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately
let you take them.”
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
—Matthew 21:1-7 NLT

Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. —Matthew 21:8 MSG

Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”—Matthew 21:9 NIV / NLT

Because Passover was just a few days away, the population of Jerusalem was probably 2-3 times its normal size. Based on the buzz surrounding Lazarus’ miraculous resurrection, the crowds and expectations around and about Jesus surged as He entered Jerusalem! His entrance set off a massive celebration! 

He entered the city riding on a donkey — which was a highly intentional symbolic act that He was the Messiah and King who came to bring lasting peace and fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.  

Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem is described in ways that are very similar to the way King Solomon entered Jerusalem when he was crowned king of Israel centuries before (1 Kings 1:32-40). Solomon entered the city riding on David’s donkey. 

Matthew mentions two animals — a donkey and its colt (Matt 21:7). Jesus entered Jerusalem riding the colt, riding a young donkey. The gospels of Mark and Luke only mention the colt and the fact that it had “never been ridden before” (Mark 11:2; Luke 19:30). They’re pointing out the fact that this colt had not been broken or trained. 

If you’ve never been around farm animals, it’s important to point out that you can’t ride an unbroken young donkey or colt, especially around crowds of screaming and cheering people unless you want your ride to be really, really interesting, to say the least. 

But because Jesus is sovereign, this young donkey or colt submitted to the authority of the one who created it. Every action in this story is an indication that JESUS is KING and that JESUS is SOVEREIGN!

All of this happened to fulfill a prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9. 

“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, 
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 
—Zechariah 9:9 NIV

This prophecy was given 500 years before the events described in Matt 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19 and John 12. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy perfectly. 

In most coronation ceremonies during this era, when the King entered there was reverence, awe and perhaps even a sense of fear. Further, the king was usually dressed in really regal, royal clothing that indicated his superiority and position. The coronation ceremony itself was filled with lots of pomp and ceremony. And, the king usually rode a stallion or warhorse. 

But Jesus – the King of the Universe – entered Jerusalem surrounded, not by heads of state, celebrities or highly influential and recognized religious leaders,  but by crowds of people He had recently healed and by crowds of people who still wanted healing. He entered Jerusalem surrounded by the poor, by children, by outcasts and rejects, riding on a young donkey. 

One of the things that Jesus demonstrated throughout His life was that salvation and freedom come through weakness, not strength. They come through humility and surrender; not pride and power plays. 

In that era, it wasn’t uncommon for a King to ride a donkey. The only issue was when the King rode a donkey. If a King was going to war he would ride a warhorse as a sign or symbol of His power and authority. But when a King was not at war, he would ride a donkey as a symbol that He had come in peace. 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey it was a symbol that He was the King who had come to bring peace — peace with God and peace between people.

Jesus came to bring peace with God and
peace between people!

Finally, there’s one more thing Jesus was saying by riding a young donkey. He was saying, “I’m the King, but not like you think…”

“I mean… What if I did liberate you from the Romans? What if I did lead a political and military revolution? What then? You would just get enslaved to something else… Or, even worse, you would perpetrate the same kind of pain on others that’s been perpetrated on you… Even more important, if I liberated you from the Romans, what would you do with all your guilt, shame, sin, addiction, personal pain and trauma? How would you deal with that?”

“I came to liberate you, but not in the way that you think! I came to give you real liberation and real freedom!” 

As Jesus descended the Mount of Olives and got closer and closer to Jerusalem, the crowds continued to swell in size! 

What’s somewhat of a mystery to many of us, was clear to the people who flocked to see Jesus that day! They understood the symbolism. They had heard stories about Solomon’s inauguration so many centuries before. They could “feel” history repeating itself. So this crowd brought their “A-game” to the event and began to worship Jesus with passion, joy, enthusiasm and energy! 

The gathered crowds removed their outer coats and spread them before Jesus as He entered the city. This was a part of an ancient custom where citizens of a country would throw their garments or coats in the road for their leader or ruler to ride over, symbolizing their honor and respect for the leader and their submission to His authority. By spreading their outer coats before Jesus, the crowd was essentially saying, “We place ourselves at your feet, even for you to walk over if necessary…”

“We place ourselves at your feet,
even for you to walk over if necessary…”

Others in the crowd took leafy palm branches and waved them in the air or threw them down as a welcome mat on the road. This was the ancient equivalent of rolling out “the red carpet.”  All of this was an expression of worship and adoration. It was the customary way returning conquering kings were greeted and military victories celebrated in the first century. 

The waving of palm branches signaled the hope that Jesus was a political, military and national Messiah who had arrived and who would bring freedom and an end to the tyranny imposed by the Roman Government. 

The people also raised their voices! They made some noise! They danced and sang… Here’s what they sang and shouted: 

“Hosanna, to the Son of David!” 
“Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” 
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” —Mt 21:9; Mk 11:10; Jn 12:13

“Blessed is the king of Israel!” —Jn 12:13c

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” —Mk 11:10a

When the crowd shouted, “Hosanna!” they were actually reciting a passage of Scripture that was regularly sang during Passover, with lyrics taken from Psalm 118:26. 

The word “Hosanna!” means, “Save us!” or “Save us now!” The lyrics of their song were not simply an exclamation of praise. They were also a cry for help. “Save us!” is both a praise and a prayer. This is a reminder that even our heartfelt cries for help can simultaneously be praise and prayer. Our cries for help are worship to the ears of a Father who cares deeply about what is going on in our lives. 

The crowds that gathered on what we call “Palm Sunday” were openly announcing and proclaiming that Jesus was King, not Caesar! “Blessed is the king of Israel!” (Jn 12:13c). The entire city was shaken by what was happening! 

Some of the religious leaders were completely frustrated by the celebration! They challenged Jesus, “Don’t you hear what these people are saying? This is highly inappropriate! I mean, the kids are beside themselves! Tell them to stop!”

But Jesus just smiled and said, “I hear them… I hear them… Haven’t you read the Scripture that says, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise?’ On top of that, ‘If they keep quiet, the very rocks and stones would break into praise for them!’” (Matt 21:15-17; Luke 19:39-40). In other words, “I’m not about to tell them to stop!”

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On the surface, this appears to be the positive “peak of the week.”  But what went down on Palm Sunday, would set in motion a series of events that would either result in the overthrow of Rome and the religious establishment of that day, or, in Jesus’ arrest and ultimate execution!

That was Sunday. The very next day — Monday — Jesus would turn up the heat on the religious system of that day, by walking into the primary worship center in that era and cleaning house. 

But before we wrap up this post, I want to draw a few applications from these events. 

Almost two hundred years ago, German writer and statesmen, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: 

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is shaping or fashioning you? What do you love? What do you really, really love? 

There Is No Such Thing As NOT Worshipping

Before his death in 2008, a decidedly non-Christian, but highly respected author, David Foster Wallace, gave the commencement address at Kenyon College and made some amazing statements about worship. Think carefully about these words as you read them: 

“There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. 

“If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. 

“Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you… 

“Worship power — you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. 

“Worship your intellect, being seen as smart — you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out…

“Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious. They are default-settings. They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day…” —David Foster Wallace, from his Kenyon College Commencement Address, 2005 [5]

The crowds that gathered on Palm Sunday worshiped, but they failed to truly understand the significance behind the symbols. In so many ways, they worshiped their political ideology and national identity, but failed to truly recognize and worship Jesus. 

How do I know? 

Because days later, some, not all, but some of the same people who shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” would also cry out, “Crucify Him.”

Human beings are worshipers.  It’s not just something we do! It’s who we are.

People can’t be divided into two groups: people who worship and people who don’t! Everybody worships! We will all give our devotion to something or someone. It might be something as eternally insignificant as football, wine, traveling, working out, an addiction, stamp collecting or the stock market. Or it could be something good and noble like our spouse, kids, an important relationship or a special group of friends.

Everybody worships something or someone. But

Our deepest passion and devotion are intended to be reserved
for God and God alone.

Five days before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus stepped out of the shadows and made His identity crystal clear! He came not only as a servant who would suffer, He came as King and Messiah who is worthy to be worshipped.

On Palm Sunday Jesus raised the stakes and through His actions basically said, “I am Sovereign! I am King! You can crown me or you can kill me, but the one thing you can’t do is simply ‘like me’”. 

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance,
and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” 
—C. S. Lewis

Two Closing Thoughts

1. I worship and recognize Jesus as King when I honor Him with my attitudes, actions, character and words. With my time, abilities and resources.

Worship involves all of the above. At its core, worship is simply responding to all that God is with all that I am.

Bill Johnson nails it when he makes this statement in his excellent book, The Way of Life:

“Every area of my life must be part of my worship of God Himself. If there’s a part of my life that cannot be an expression of my love for God, it shouldn’t be in my life.” —Bill Johnson [6]

“True worship involves my whole being. It is physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and financial. It involves my relationship and my family, and it has a major impact on the boundaries I’ve set for how I want to live. Worship has a complete focus — God and His worth. It really is all about Him… It’s about Presence.” —Bill Johnson [7]

2. Worship isn’t something reserved for one day each week. It’s the way we live  our lives. Jesus isn’t just KING on Sunday! He’s KING every day! 

Incredibly, while the people in the crowd honored Jesus as King on Sunday, many of them, just days later would abandon Him when push came to shove. They would stand silently as He was betrayed, accused, convicted, tortured and crucified. Some in the Sunday crowd may have actually become part of the mob that chanted for and demanded His death and crucifixion just five days later.

Statesman, Abraham Kuyper once wrote: 

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” —Abraham Kuyper

Worship is the recognition that Christ owns it all and deserves it all! It can’t be segregated or limited to certain aspects or days of the week.

Worship involves honoring Jesus as King 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and 168 hours every week. The 2 hours we spend together on Sunday is simply the overflow of the way we’ve lived the other 166 hours throughout the week.

That’s My King!

In 1976, Dr. S.M. Lockridge, delivered one of the most inspiring sermons ever. By the way, the initials, S.M. are for “Shadrach Meshach.” In a message titled, “Amen!” Dr. Lockridge shared a six-minute description of Jesus that still inspires more than 40+ years later.

Here’s an excerpt.

“That’s My King!”
—Dr. S.M. Lockridge

My King was born King.

The Bible says He’s a Seven Way King.
He’s the King of the Jews — that’s a racial King.
He’s the King of Israel — that’s a national King.
He’s the King of righteousness.
He’s the King of the ages.
He’s the King of Heaven.
He’s the King of glory.
He’s the King of kings
and He is the Lord of lords.

Now that’s my King. Well I wonder if you know Him.
Do you know Him?

Don’t try to mislead me.
Do you know my King?

David said the Heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament showeth His handiwork.
My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supplies.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.

Well, well,
He’s enduringly strong.
He’s entirely sincere.
He’s eternally steadfast.
He’s immortally graceful.
He’s imperially powerful.
He’s impartially merciful.
That’s my King.

He’s God’s Son.
He’s the sinner’s savior.
He’s the centerpiece of civilization.
He stands alone in Himself.
He’s august.
He’s unique.
He’s unparalleled.
He’s unprecedented.
He’s supreme.
He’s pre-eminent.

Well, He’s the loftiest idea in literature.
He’s the highest personality in philosophy.
He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism.
He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology.
He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion.
That’s my King.

He’s the miracle of the age.
He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.

Well, He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.
He supplies strength for the weak.
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.
He’s strong God and He guides.
He heals the sick.
He cleanses the lepers.
He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.
He delivers the captives.
He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.
He serves the unfortunate.
He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know Him?

Well, my King is a King of knowledge.
He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.
He’s the pathway of peace.
He’s the roadway of righteousness.
He’s the highway of holiness.
He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the Master of the mighty.
He’s the Captain of the conquerors.
He’s the Head of the heroes.
He’s the Leader of the legislators.
He’s the Overseer of the overcomers.
He’s the Governor of governors.
He’s the Prince of princes.
He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords.

That’s my King. Yeah. Yeah.
That’s my King. My King, yeah.

His office is manifold.
His promise is sure.
His light is matchless.
His goodness is limitless.
His mercy is everlasting.
His love never changes.
His word is enough.
His grace is sufficient.
His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Well. I wish I could describe Him to you,
but He’s indescribable.
He’s indescribable. Yeah!

He’s incomprehensible.
He’s invincible.
He’s irresistible.

I’m trying to tell you,
the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him,
let alone a man explain Him.
You can’t get Him out of your mind.
You can’t get Him off of your hand.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.

Well, Pharisees couldn’t stand Him,
but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.
The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree.
Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.

That’s my King. Yeah!

He always has been and He always will be.
I’m talking about He had no predecessor
and He’ll have no successor.
There was nobody before Him
and there’ll be nobody after Him.
You can’t impeach Him
and He’s not gonna resign.
That’s my King! That’s my King!

Thine, Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.
Well, all the power belongs to my King.
We’re around here talking about black power and white power and green power,
but it’s God’s power. Thine is the power.

Yeah.
And the glory.
We try to get prestige and honor and glory for ourselves,
but the glory is all His. Yes.
Thine is the Kingdom
and the power and the glory,
forever and ever
and ever
and ever.

How long is that?
And ever and ever and ever and ever.
And when you get through with all of the forevers,
then, Amen. —Dr. S.M. Lockridge

That’s our King! May we live to honor Jesus as King every day and with every aspect of our lives.

Paul expressed it like this in Romans 12:1-2. 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is
the best thing you can do for him.
—Romans 12:1 MSG


[1] Joanna Weaver, Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World, page 159. 

[2] Alcorn, Randy (2011-11-13). Money, Possessions, and Eternity (Kindle Locations 4312-4315). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

[3] Jesus was possibly anointed with three times during his ministry. The first takes place in Luke 7:36-50 early on in his ministry. The second takes place here. And the third will take place four days later (See Matthew 26:6-13;  Mark 14:3-9).

[4] Andreas J. Kostenberger; Taylor, Justin (2014-01-31). The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived (Kindle Locations 413-414). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

[5] https://web.ics.purdue.edu/~drkelly/DFWKenyonAddress2005.pdf

[6] Johnson, Bill. The Way of Life: Experiencing the Culture of Heaven on Earth . Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

[7] Bill Johnson, Hosting The Presence, Page 57 of 208, Location 554 of 2433

Published by Chris Goins

My name is Chris Goins. I live in Birmingham, AL where I serve as the Lead Pastor of A2 Church + a certified John Maxwell Speaker + Coach. Welcome to my blog - a collection of ideas, quotes, insights, message notes + dynamic content intended to motivate you to reach your God-given potential + live a life of freedom and significance.

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