Servant of Servants, King of Kings
© 1994, 2006, 2011 Michele Vidor Krile
King of Kings, Son of God, Holy is He
Teacher, Healer, Messiah, Prince of Peace
Servant of all, so humbly, so willingly
Jesus spoke truth, fulfilling the will of the Father
All the while being despised, denied, betrayed
By those who thought they crowned Him a fraud
Though guiltless, unjustly tried, beaten, mocked,
The Giver of Love suffered from the worst of hate
To forgive even the very ones who nailed Him to the cross
Upon Him was laid the spiritual weakness of our fallen humanness
Forsaken, still He bore our sin, wore our shame
Only His blood could cleanse our unholiness
To offer undeserved grace simply because He loves us
He saw the grip of death yet did not fear near it,
He cried, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit”
God’s forgiveness was made final through the Lamb He sent
For Christ arose from the grave, proving His power over life and death
Forever the bondage of sin and separation was broken then
The Man of sorrows comforts with the hope and joy of tomorrow
Rejoice, our Jesus ascended to the Father and is soon coming again!
Through the Son we come to the Father above
Drawn by His forgiveness, truth and love
In awe of His wisdom, His flawless plan
We choose to live for Him wholeheartedly
Learning to imitate His character rather than man’s
We rejoice in His grace, which is enough
With no god but the living God before us
We seek more of His marvelous ways
And long to meet Him face to face
He who became the Servant of Servants,
Of Whom the saints and angels sing
With honor, is forevermore crowned the King of Kings!
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This devotional is paired with some of Beth Moore’s study, Breaking Free, Session 2, “That You May Know”
I direct my devotional mostly around the video we saw in week two, the part where Beth Moore goes over Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53: 3 “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. …5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Every time I read this passage of prophecy about our Messiah, I am transported to the cross. He, being sinless, was shown no mercy so that we would benefit from undeserved grace. I am reminded that what so many Christians (too often, myself included) take for granted, was not a quick fix or an easy task. Christ bore upon Himself the sins (even the temptations and the sorrows and all negative emotions) of the whole world, past, present, future. WHY?? 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
He did all this “That You May Know” undeserved grace. That you may know His forgiveness, His faithfulness, His love, healing, discipline, guidance, wisdom, joy, peace, power. That you might humble yourself, trust in Him and trust Him with EVERYTHING. (Ultimately, everything good comes from Him.) He lived and died and rose again that you may know Him and His glory! That you may experience His presence. What a good God we have!
Day one of our study, “To Know and Believe Him” talks about captivity. Ungodly habits and beliefs that we choose hold us captive and keep us from realizing God’s presence. God’s presence is manifested in us through the Holy Spirit. So in order to not be controlled by bad habits and wrong beliefs, we must be controlled by the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth; John 16:13a “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”)
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
I challenge you and pray that we always let the Holy Spirit reveal to us anything in our lives that could be hindering our relationship with our mighty God, from being healed by His stripes/wounds, from seeing His glory, from being content in Him. (Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 1 Tim 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain.)
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Scriptures in Context to Guide You
Psalm 22:1-31 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
Isaiah 53 1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
John 8:34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
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I love this quote from a very godly Christian woman we all have heard of and who has a right to say this: “Jesus went without comfort so that you might have it. He postponed joy so that you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so that you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow. He had no real fellowship so that fellowship might be yours, this moment. This alone is enough cause for great gratitude!”
― Joni Eareckson Tada