Jesus Is Not a Registered Voter

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Again the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”  — Mark 14:61–62

Jesus didn’t establish any religious organizations. He never identified Himself as a capitalist, a socialist, a royalist, a colonist, or any other kind of -ist. He will not define Himself in those terms. He’s not a Republican, a Democrat, or a member of the Green Party. He does not underwrite liberals or authorize conservatives. Nobody can lay claim to Him — not the Catholics, the Protestants, the evangelicals, the charismatics, or the fundamentalists.

Jesus did not incite the Inquisition, endorse the Reformation, sanction the counter-Reformation, validate the Puritans, or divide Ireland. He did not take sides in the Civil War, and He did not write the United States Constitution.

He isn’t counting on us to make Him famous, and He doesn’t need us to help Him appear creative, attractive, or really cool. He’s not the champion of the hippies because He wore sandals, nor the idol of the hipsters because of His epic beard. Contrary to what your parents might have told you, He didn’t wear a suit and tie to church. He probably didn’t even go on Sunday mornings. He is not hemmed in by the church’s hymns or set free by spontaneity in worship.

You see, nobody can label Him; He’s the Lord of all.

Nothing can confine Him; He uses the earth as a footstool. No one can manipulate or control Him; He uttered the world into existence with the sound of His voice. Nothing surprises Him or catches Him off guard. He has never uttered the words, “Hmm, I never thought of that.”

He is above all, through all, and in all. He is all-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful. He gives life because He is life. He perfectly loves because He is perfect love. He alone is God. And we stand in awe of Him.

Following Today

Take several minutes today to stand in awe of Jesus. Pick one or two great worship songs (allow me to recommend “Clear the Stage” by Jimmy Needham, and “Name Above All Names” by Awaken Worship, both available for download on iTunes) to listen to. Heed the advice of the psalmist:

Be still, and know that I am God. — Psalm 46:10

Then pray this prayer from Habakkuk 3:2:

Lord, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day; in our time make them known.

Excerpted with permission from Not a Fan Devotional by Kyle Idleman, copyright Kyle Idleman.

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Your Turn

Today, let’s be reminded of who Jesus is. Let’s throw out our small categories that we want to put Him in so He seems more safe and tame, and let’s stand in awe of Him! Come join the conversation on our blog! We want to hear from you about the awesomeness of God! ~ Devotionals Daily

Kyle Idleman

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book not a fan. He is also the presenter of several video curricula, including not a fan, H2O, and the newly-released study gods at war.

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