There’s a new King in town

Power. Can you believe what people will do to get it or keep it? How many people have been sent to places like Washington, DC who were deterimined to change things, to break the system only to be suckered in, swallowed by the system they were determined to change? Power does strange things to people.
In the day of Jesus, there was a power struggle going on – but not as we usually think. We could talk about the corrupt Jewish leaders who tried to use their power to discredit or destroy Jesus. We could mention the maneuvering of Herod Antipas who tried to keep the Jews and the Romans happy. We could watch the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, who sought to curry favor with the movers and shakers in Jerusalem while not upsetting his superiors in Rome.
But the real power struggle was more significant because it took place on a cosmic stage. Jesus came to town to do battle, not with Jewish leaders or Roman authorities, but with the power of sin, death, and evil. He demonstrate His power in the most unusual way – by humbly submitting.
When they nailed Him to the cross, they taunted Him … challenging Him to come down from the cross to save Himself. He had no intentions of saving Himself. He came to save us.
God’s saving, sustaining, and sufficient grace was demonstrated by the most unique power ever seen – the power of love. Max Lucado wrote in his book on grace: “Saving grace saves us from our sins. Sustaining grace meets us at our point of need and equips us with courage, wisdom, and strength. Sustaining grace promises not teh absence of struggle but the presenc of God.” Now, there’s a thought, sharing power. Christ willing to give us grace to live daily and eternally.
There’s a new King in town, not to tear down a throne but to establish one that will last forever.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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