The Image of our King
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
1 Peter 2:21
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Romans 8:29 KJV
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
This Sunday our Pastor preached a sermon on becoming the image of the King. A King is someone who is meant to lead. He is a ruler and a leader of his people. And the people whom the King rules over, in one way or another, follow the King. Jesus is our King and we will reflect His image.
Two thousand years ago the Messiah became an outcast, a man of suffering. The Messiah was falsely accused, mocked, vilified, abused, and dehumanized. He was robbed of his dignity, wounded and condemned to death. The Messiah was led as a lamb to his death, stripped naked, and executed. So too his people will reflect what he has gone through. We have been called to reflect Christ. We must also follow him and walk in his footsteps, crucify our flesh to the cross and carry it. But our hope is that one day we will be resurrected like he was resurrected to meet our Father. So what we do on Earth is important. We must be conformed to the image of our King.
Oftentimes, we have issues with our own self image. Worrying if our clothes are the latest fashion or how others are going to perceive us? Instead we should be more concerned with others seeing Christ through us. Can people tell that we are Christian just by how we look or how we act? Is Jesus the image we are reflecting to the world? Today, make it your first priority and aim to be conformed to the image of your King. Walk, act, think and become in the likeness of the Messiah. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.