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Messiah—Branch—King


 

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,” Jeremiah 23:6.

 

Harry S. Truman said, “In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” There is something about the heart of man that longs for clear and decisive leadership. Without godly leadership, chaos and sinfulness reign. Unfortunately, when there have been lapses in godly leadership, history teaches us that society may desire the wrong person to lead them.

 

The ultimate answer to this problem of leadership is Christ. Yes, there is no authority except that which God grants (Rom. 13:1), but we must be clear:  there is no leader like Jesus Christ. He is the promised Messiah and He has every human right to lead, coming from the line of David. When He returns and reigns in power, every knee will bow and every tongue will proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God (Phil. 2:9-11). When Jesus returns, we will not worry any longer about corruption in positions of authority, we will not argue about what is best for our nation, and we will not be concerned with making sure the oppressed receive justice. But one of the most amazing aspects of the rule of Christ is this. He can be your leader, your sovereign, right now.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you serve Christ as king today?

 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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228 – August 16 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

A Courageous Army Chaplain

 

1942 – U.S. Navy Chaplain W. Wyeth Willard wrote, “On Sunday, August 16, I conducted services for the detachment at Tanambogo, and another one for the several hundred on Gavutu.  I preached the gospel as usual…in full view of the cemetery at Gavutu, I lifted up Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God, the Light of the world, the only and sufficient Savior of all mankind.  I felt led to invite those whose hearts had been touched by the Holy Spirit to surrender their lives unconditionally to Him.  Ahead, I could see other battles, more casualties, and a large cemetery.  I pleaded with the men to prepare here and now for the life to come.  At the first service thirty-seven officers and men signified their willingness to give their hearts to Christ.  On Gavatu…forty-two officers and men surrendered their lives to Him Who alone demanded their first allegiance.”  Chaplain Wyeth waded to shore with those marines on all five Islands in a hail of fire, Gavatu, Tanambogo, Tulagi, Guadalcanal, and Tarawa.  No wonder they were willing to listen to what he had to say. [W. Wyeth Willard, The Leathernecks Come Through (Forestdale, Mass.: New England Classics, 1985), p 50); This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 447-449]
Prepared by Rev. Dale R. Hart – rom623drh2@msn.com

 

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