but to heal lame and blind people and exorcise daemoniacs, which is no very great matter...
As the scriptures state, "Every knee shall bow - and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord ..." - before our King. Some will do so and enter Heaven, others will do so and be cast out into the darkness. The proper etiquette when one is brought before a king is to bow down. We do not relate to this in our modern society but regardless, He is the King. He is called the King of Kings.
Below we have some text from the Old Testament - approximately 1200 BC - where God is speaking in the first person and telling us of His Son whom we recognize today as Jesus of Nazareth.
6 "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion."
Julian, with his last breath acknowledges the Galilean, who is Jesus, as the victor. We see a world power that conquered all in its path being defeated by a man who was born in a town of no significance. He was born in a cave that was used as a barn and placed in an animals feeding bin because there was no room for His parents at the time in the local inns.
Yet, three wise men come from the east to honor His birth. These men were officials and their official capacity was to make kings. Those they understood would be king by their discernment would become king by their decree.
Billions over the millenniums have called Jesus their king, millions have died refusing to dishonor their King. This King ransomed His own life so that His subjects could live. Throughout history - it is the other way around. Kings sell themselves to the conquering armies and abandon their subjects.
His name is Jesus - Greek for Deliverer ... He will deliver or save His people.
I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
'You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me,
and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
Let us read some of Jesus' words as He spoke to the procurator of Rome,
Pilate, in Judea as He spoke at a trial.
Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again,
and said to Him, "
Are You the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered him, "
Are you speaking for yourself about this,
or did others tell you this concerning Me?"
Pilate answered, "
Am I a Jew?
Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me.
What have You done?"
Jesus answered, "
My kingdom is not of this world.
If My kingdom were of this world,
My servants would fight,
so that I should not be delivered to the Jews;
but now My kingdom is not from here."
Pilate therefore said to Him, "
Are You a king then?"
"You say rightly that I am a king.
For this cause I was born,
for this cause I have come into the world,
that I should bear witness to the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Note how Jesus did not squabble before the most powerful man in the region, Pilot. Jesus went on to tell Pilot that he had no power over Him unless it was given to him from on High.
Jesus was to fulfill scripture: to die as the sacrificial lamb for the sake of humanity. All the Law was given to show mankind the way back to God.
Jesus filled all the requirements of the Law and conquered the grave through His resurrection.
Let us look as how Jesus fulfilled the scriptures briefly here.
Jesus was facing death on a cross - probably the worst of tortures for any human being to face. Death on a cross left ones body in continual motion as the lungs and diaphragm need to expand and contract for a breath to be drawn. Jesus' torn body would have to grapple against the rough wood of the old rugged cross applying pressure to the nails in His hands and feet simultaneously while He dragged His body upon the wood.
The soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head beating the thorns into His scalp to mock Him and inflict greater pain. We read in Genesis the earth was cursed with thorns when man fell. Jesus took the curse placed on the earth as well as humanities fall. Ultimately He will come back to redeem the earth and save humanity to the fulfillment of scripture.
The act of the Roman soldier breaking the legs of those crucified just before the High Holy Day was to hasten death and remove the bodies from sight. Men hanging on a tree were considered accursed as the scriptures state and they state so as to point specifically to Jesus who the soldiers would not need to attend to as we see more scripture fulfilled below.
Jesus "passed on" before the guard was sent to break His legs which was the fulfillment of prophesy, "Not a bone in His body shall be broken," (paraphrase).
In addition, the Passover lambs were to be without spot or blemish and specifically ... no broken bones.
His dying on Passover, when the lambs were sacrificed, is the fulfillment of the "type" as well.
The inspection by Pilot was also a "type" that the lambs would be without blemish by inspection of an official. Pilot found no fault in Jesus.
Pilot then makes this statement to His accusers,
"I find no fault in Him."
John the Baptist sees Jesus and states,
"Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world!"
Jesus spoke these words,
"No one takes my life from me,
I lay it down of my own will.
I have power to lay it down and
power to take it up again;"
"I am the good shepherd,
I lay down my life for the sheep."
Somehow, Julian knew that he was not fighting against a helpless band of followers; men, women, and their children. Though he slaughtered these helpless sheep ruthlessly, the Good Shepherd prevailed. Those who "pass on" in this life who have accepted Christ are allowed to enter into His Kingdom - Heaven. Those who will not accept His work on the Cross for themselves face eternal separation from God - Hell.
Jesus died on the Cross to allow mankind entrance into Heaven. Without the substitution of Christ's death, you have to face the penalty on your own merit, and my friend, you have no merit without the justification of the Cross. He paid the price of Sin. The Bible says the wages of sin are death. Christ, the Son of God, paid this price for you! You have to accept this or face damnation. God does not send anyone to hell; people chose their own path in this life. Christ chose to die in your place. You can accept this sacrifice or reject it. That is your own decision. Do not blame God, your parents, life, or anyone else for your choice. I write in this manner simply to state that you must accept Christ as your savior. You cannot refuse Him without facing the dire circumstances.
You who love the LORD,
He will judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your poor with justice.
The mountains will bring peace to the people,
And the little hills,
He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.
They shall fear You* As long as the sun and moon endure,
Throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
Like showers that water the earth.
In His days the righteous shall flourish,
And abundance of peace,
Until the moon is no more.
all kings shall fall down before Him;
All nations shall serve Him.
For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also,
and him who has no helper.
He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy.
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
And precious shall be their blood in His sight.
His name shall endure forever;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.
And men shall be blessed in Him;
All nations shall call Him blessed.
And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.
(from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2006 Ages Software, Inc. and Biblesoft, Inc.)
2116 (from Schaff's History of the Church, Electronic Database Copyright © 1999 by Biblesoft)
(from Works of Jonathan Edwards, volume 1, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2004, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. and Ages Software, Inc. All rights reserved.)
For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with equity.