For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Jesus Christ And "That's My King!" - No King But Christ!

 

Dr. Shadrach Meshach Lockridge was the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, CA, for over forty years. He died and went to be with his King Jesus on April 4, 2000. He has been a tremendous inspiration to me and my preaching because of a glorious description he once gave of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In a sermon on the word "Amen" from the Lord's prayer, Dr. Lockridge broke out into a glorious description of the Lord Jesus Christ known as "That's My King!" Outside the Bible, it is the most glorious, powerful, amazing, beautiful, wonderful description of Jesus Christ I have ever read or heard. Nothing outside the Bible, prayer, and the local church has helped me fight depression, loneliness, sadness, self-pity, selfishness, fear, anxiety, and all manner of other sins more than this glorious description of Jesus Christ. It has helped me fix my eyes on Jesus – "the Founder and Perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2) – like almost nothing else!

May God use this description of Jesus Christ to do what Dr. Lockridge said every sermon ought to do:

1. Instruct the mind (teach more knowledge about God)
2. Warm the heart (cause deep delight in God)
3. Move the will (encourage holy action for God's glory)
4. Tan your hide (convict of sin)

Here is Dr. Lockridge's glorious description of King Jesus:

Whoever heard of a Kingdom without a King?
Everybody's got a King!
Who is your King?
If when I ask you "Who is your King?" – you ask me Who is mine.
You got a minute?
My King is the only One qualified to be King!
My King has always been King!
You know these other Kings, they were born a prince and had to wait till their father died or their mother, if she was the ruling monarch, wait until she died and then become king!
But my King was born King!

In fact the Bible says He's a Seven Way King!
He's the King of the Jews – that's an ethnic King!
He's the King of Israel – that's a national King!
My King will let you know who's who and what's what!
My King always has been King and always will be King!

He's the King of righteousness!
He's the King of the ages!
He's the King of Heaven!
He's the King of glory!
He's the King of kings,!
And He is the Lord of lords!

Now that's my King!

Well David said the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork!

That's my King!

My King is the only one of whom there are no means of measure that can define His limitless love!

My King is a sovereign King!

No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supplies!

That's my King!

Nobody can keep Him from saving me!

I don't care what you tell Him about me – He knows me!

No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing!
He's enduringly strong!
He's entirely sincere!
He's eternally steadfast!
He's immortally graceful!
He's imperially powerful!
He's impartially merciful!
He's the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world!
He's God's Son!
He's the sinner's savior!
He's the centerpiece of civilization!

That's my King!

What I like about Him – He doesn't need me, and He doesn't need you!
He stands alone in Himself!
He's august!
He's unique!
He's unparalleled!
He's unprecedented!
He's supreme!
He's preeminent!
He's the loftiest idea in literature!
He's the highest personality in philosophy!
He's the supreme problem in higher criticism!
He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology!
He's the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion!
He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Savior!

That's my King!

He's the miracle of the age!
He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him!
He's in every way able to satisfy every need – your need and mine!
He's the only One able to supply all of our needs simultaneously!
He can hear all of us pray at the same time!
He supplies strength for the weak!
He's available for the tempted and the tried!
He sympathizes, and He saves!
He's the Almighty God who guides and keeps all His people!
He heals the sick!
He cleanses the lepers!
He forgives sinners!
He discharges debtors!
He delivers the captives!
He defends the feeble!
He blesses the young!
He serves the unfortunate!
He regards the aged!
He rewards the diligent, and He beautifies the meek!

Now that's my King! Well! Do you know Him?!

Do you know Him?! Do you know Him?!

That's my King!

My King is the key to 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 governors!
He's the Prince of princes!
He's the King of kings, and He's the Lord of lords!

That's my King! Is He yours?!

What I like about Him . . .

His office is manifold!
His promise is sure!
His light is matchless!
His goodness is limitless!
His mercy is everlasting!
His love never changes!
His Word is enough!
His grace is sufficient!
His reign is righteous!
His yoke is easy, and His burden is light!

I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable!

He's indescribable!
He's incomprehensible!
He's invincible!
He's irresistible!
I'm trying to tell you, the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explain Him!
You can't get Him out of your mind!
You can't get Him off of your hand!
You can't outlive Him, and you can't live without Him!

That's my King!

The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him!
Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him!
The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree about Him!
Herod couldn't kill Him!
Death couldn't handle Him!
And the grave couldn't hold Him!

That's my King!

He always has been, and He always will be!
I'm talking about He had no predecessor, and He'll have no successor!
There was nobody before Him, and there'll be nobody after Him!
You can't impeach Him, and He's not gonna resign!

That's my King! That's my King!

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