Thursday, June 8, 2023

"That's My King!" (Heb. 12:2)

I loved being in the book of Hebrews again this morning. 

This has got to be my favorite epistle other than Philippians. I love how Jesus is described in Heb. 12:2 as the "Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith." Elsewhere I've argued that the word translated "Pioneer" refers to Jesus' role as the "Pacesetter" in the race we run as believers. In fact, if you'll notice the German below, you'll see that the New Geneva Bible actually says that Jesus is "den Wegbereiter des Glaubens, der uns ans Ziel vorausgegangen ist." 

I might render this into English as "the Trailblazer of faith who has gone before us to the goal." 

During my study this morning I ran across this poem by Shadrach Lockridge called "That's My King." May I share it with you?

He's enduringly strong

He's entirely sincere

He's eternally steadfast

He's immortally graceful

He's impeccably powerful

He's impartially merciful

That's my king!

He's God's Son

the sinner's Savior

the centerpiece of civilization

He's august and he's unique

He's unparalleled

He's unprecedented

He's supreme

He's preeminent

Do you know him?

My king is the key of knowledge

He's the wellspring of wisdom

He's the doorway of deliverance

He's the pathway of peace

He's the roadway of righteousness

He's the highway of holiness

He's the gateway of glory

He's the master of the mighty

He's the captain of the conquerors

He's the head of the heroes

He's the leader of the legislators

He's the overseer of the overcomers

He's the governor of the governors

He's the prince of princes

He's the King of kings

And he is the Lord of lords.

Yep. That's Jesus! No one and nothing compares to him, the "Pacesetter and Perfecter of our faith." When we're struggling to keep on running, we search for strength in all the wrong places. All that changes when we discover God's perfect provision for weary runners -- a fellow runner named Jesus. I would rather die than live without him. 

I spent this morning with my hero, friend, and inspiration. How about you?