Elvis Could Sing, But Jesus is King!

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ELVIS COULD SING

BUT

JESUS IS KING!

 

 

Elvis Presley was one of the most influential and famous music / movie icons in American history.  He was so well known and so well liked that he became known as simply, “Elvis.”  We were on a first name basis with him.  His music touched millions, changed the pop music landscape, and created many adoring fans (including Pastor Jim!). 

His impact was so deep and his grip on the music industry was so strong that he became to be known as the “King of Rock ‘n Roll.”  Or simply, “The King.” 

 

Human kings

You don’t have to go back to the Old Testament to find “kings.”  In fact, you don’t even have to dig deeply into history to find “kings.”  Even today, there are world leaders with that title.  Some are symbolic kings or queens, others have real power and influence over their “subjects.” 

But there are other types of “kings” too; ones that don’t serve as a national leader or hold a government office.  A “king” is anything that demands our allegiance, attention, and affection.  They exercise power and authority over us.  A “king” (or “queen”) is somebody or something that can’t be ignored.

Sometimes these “kings” are worthy of our attention and allegiance.  Sometimes they connect in ways that deserve our affection.  And yet, we can probably all agree that the world offers many “kings” that don’t deserve our allegiance; kings that don’t have our best interests in heart or lead us in ways that don’t help society.  There are “kings” that instill a moral character, and there are “kings” that lead us down a wrong path.

But these “kings” are temporary.  Elvis left an impact on music, but he’s gone and you can’t see him in concert anymore.  His records are gathering dust or are left lying unwanted on yard sale tables.  The VHS tapes are stored away in milk crates.  You can appreciate his talent and impact, but you can’t give your allegiance to him anymore.  You can’t regard him with affection because he can’t respond to you.  This “king” has no awareness or interest in your life.

Elvis could sing!  But Elvis died on August 16, 1977.

 

Divine King

But there’s another King who is eternal.  A King who does deserve your allegiance, attention, and affection.  He may not live on earth and exercise the same type of power over us as a human king.  We can’t go to this King’s “Buckingham Palace” and see Him in all His splendor.

And yet, He is real.  Not only is He real, He’s really eternal.  All earthly “kings” are passing fads;

  • Is King George III still striking fear and anger among the “colony’s” patriots? 
  • Is signing a declaration of independence still an act of treason? 

No- this “king” is gone!

The Divine King isn’t only real and eternal, He created everything that we see; including ourselves.  Earthly kings may build some roads and buildings, but our Divine King built everything.  In fact, the Bible tells us that this creation doesn’t even run by itself.  There’s no “Mother Nature” that just keeps things going without the constant intervention of our Divine King.

 

Attributes of a king

What is a “king”?  If you think about it, here are some of the attributes of a king:

  1. Ownership–  Things in a kingdom belong to the king.
  2. Uniqueness– There’s only one king.  He’s got the undisputed authority.
  3. Authority– If the king told you to do it, you have no choice but to do it.
  4. Power– The king has accumulated wealth, and society guards his authority. 
  5. Influence– A king can be an inspiration; he sets the moral tone.

If you look at Jesus, you begin to see that He possesses all of those attributes…

Did you know that creation happened through Jesus?  God created everything we see, but in some way this Jesus- this man who’s birth began the first century- is in some very real sense that we can’t understand, God.  Here’s what Paul wrote:

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.

Everything was created through him and for him.  He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:15-17

 

There are a bunch of religions in the world, and when one of them claims to have all the answers the rest of us bristle.  But Jesus did say “No one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).   He also said that God loves the world so much that He gave His ONE and ONLY Son…

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17

There are a lot of Elvis impersonators, there are many religions, but there’s only one Son of God… our King Jesus.

The Father gave all authority to the Son (John 17).  Jesus had authority over life and death; not only did He rise from the dead, He raised others too.  And He had authority over nature…

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

Fishermen on the Sea of Galilee

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.  Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!

Mark 4:38-41

Elvis could bring a crowd to its feet, but Jesus can bring nature to its knees.

Jesus has authority and power over life, death, and nature.  When Moses met God in the burning bush, God identified Himself as “I AM that I AM.”  Sounds like poor grammar, but God was saying that nothing exists without Him.  Our great I AM is the source of existence.  Many times, Jesus claimed the same name and demonstrated the same power.  Have you ever noticed what happened to the soldiers who were arresting Jesus after they asked Jesus His Name?

Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.

“Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.

I AM he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.)   As Jesus said “I AM he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!

John 18:4-7

Power.  Elvis could make adoring girls faint by throwing them a handkerchief, but Jesus could make soldiers collapse just by saying “I AM.”

A king motivates people; he gives them a purpose and moral compass.  People “subjected” to a king want to obey and honor the king.  They love him so much that they want to become like him.

Here’s how Jesus influenced Paul’s life:

10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,  so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Phil 3:10-14

Elvis could sell tickets and records, but Jesus can re-direct lives.  Jesus is like a strong magnet pulling Paul towards Him.  Paul, and many others throughout history, gave his life (practically and literally) so that he could become more like Jesus in the way he lived. 

 

 

Knowing the Divine King

We know a lot about Elvis.  We can enjoy his movies, watch his concerts, and listen to his music.  There are a ton of films, books and documentaries about him.  We may not see him in person, but we can see his influence.  We may not know him in person, but we can be inspired by those who did know him personally.

But what about the Divine King?  How can we know Him?

Read   Throughout history, more has been written about Jesus than even about Elvis.  The four Gospels in the Bible are all about Him.  The remaining 23 books in the New Testament don’t get very far without lifting up Jesus.  And it’s not only a New Testament thing.  If you read between the lines, you don’t have to look very hard to see Jesus in the Old Testament.  Just do a search for “Angel of the Lord.”  Once you start reading all of those references you get the sense that something’s going on; there’s something that goes beyond the appearance of an angel (or messenger) from God. 

Watch  When you’re taking a walk through a park or around the block, take a look at the wonder of creation around you.  Notice all of the forms of life.  Colossians 1 tells us that everything you see was made by Christ and for Christ.  Our King Jesus is in everything!  Notice what’s around you, and you’ll begin to sense some of His attributes.

Listen   Not everyone has the gift of dreams.  Not everyone can notice the little things of life.  Others can see in you things you can’t see in yourself.  God appears in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13) and our own ears might not be tuned to hear Him.  But God is working through others.  Pay attention to what He is showing them; the lesson is for you too.

 

Rejoice the Lord is King!

Elvis made a lot of great music.  His concerts were enthralling and he entertained millions with his movies.  You might know a lot about him, but did he know YOU?  And other than some good times listening to his music, what did he ever do for you?

But rejoice!  Elvis could sing, but we have a King who knows us and loves us anyway.  He wants to have a relationship with you and to be your Good Shepherd.  And, He is God’s Anointed One and will someday return to rule on the earth (even as He rules in hearts today). 

Rejoice!  The Lord Jesus is King!!!

(Yes, the organ music in this video is very “churchy.”  But even if it’s not to your taste and you want to turn down the volume, think about these words by Charles Wesley)…

 

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