1 Timothy 6:13-16 (NIV)

13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you  14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  15 which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,  16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.   

1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NRSV)

15 which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,  16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.   

DEVOTION – Leena Vijaykumar (Bangalore, India)

White flowers adorned the altar, and the youth group had taken special care to decorate the old church building for the Easter service.  The church was overflowing; people stood in the balcony and outside.  As a congregation we stood and sang, “Crown him, Lord of lords.”  I felt as if we were a part of the crowning ceremony of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I had seen many pictures of kings and leaders being crowned, and felt blessed to be part of crowning the King.  Jesus our Lord gave up his Father’s kingdom to become mortal and to sacrifice his life so that we could be saved.

As we drove from the church service, the song still lingered in my mind. I wondered what kind of crown I had placed on the head of Jesus – the kingly crown of a faithful life or the thorny crown of a sinful life?  Singing with the congregation made me realize that we can examine our hearts and acknowledge that we need our Lord.  After that, we can repent and offer our hearts to the One who saved us, who shed his blood for us.  Our humble, repentant hearts are precious jewels in the crown of our Lord Jesus Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A faithful life is a precious jewel in the crown of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAYER:  Dear Lord Jesus , King of kings, we thank you for your wonderful gift of salvation.  Help us to examine ourselves and offer repentant hearts to you.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: CHRISTIANS IN INDIA

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