King of Kings
Today's devotion for today is based on Revelation 1:4-6, "Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (
In the days before Jesus died, the devil was unleashing his entire arsenal against him. He thought that if he could turn Jesus' friends and enemies against him and get them to kill him, Jesus would be defeated. When Jesus died on that bloody cross, the devil rejoices, for he thought he had won.
But just the opposite happened. Jesus' death was all part of God's plan. By dying in our place, he destroyed death's power over us. He proved that by being "the firstborn from the dead." He rose from the dead to show that our sins were forgiven, and death had lost its power over us.
And so, Jesus not only rose from the dead himself, but he is "the firstborn from the dead." When Jesus returns on the Last Day, all who have died trusting in Jesus' victory over sin and death will be raised to live forever with him.
Please pray with me, Jesus, my King; thank you for defeating death for me so that I will live forever with you. In Your blessed name, I pray. Amen.