Prayer for the day
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Scripture for the day
It’s one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite Christmas carols: “King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign.” This line from “We Three Kings” speaks of King Jesus, the one who was to come, who is now and forevermore the king, ruling on high. It mirrors the language of Psalm 10, where the Psalmist claims that “the LORD is King for ever and ever.”
This YHWH God the Psalmist serves is not a capricious little-boy-god, this God is the King who will always be king. This king, claims the Psalmist, metes out justice, is served by the good and despised by the wicked, and will ultimately ensure that justice, HIS justice, is served forever.
Paul and the apostles have the incredible experience of seeing the power of this King Jesus in action. This God who the Psalmist extolled is present and active among the apostles. The scriptures say that even handkerchiefs and scarves that touch Paul become miraculous, healing people simply with a touch. The power of the name of this king is enough to send demons out of people, to cure diseases, and to transform lives.
This power, the power of the name of the king forever, is so incredible that it can even be wielded by those who do not know the king. The book of Acts tells the story of the seven sons of Sceva who were casting out demons in the name of Jesus. The miraculous part of the story is that in some cases they were able to do so through the power of the name of the king. In other instances, command of the name without intimacy with Jesus caused them significant harm. The king really does have power!
May you know the power of the king forever.