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March 7, 2012

Jesus for President

I was involved in a group discussion tonight and the questions was asked, could we convince someone to vote for Jesus as president, and what were His qualifications based on Paul's description of Him in Col. 1:15-23. I thought I'd share my answer...

This is interesting to think about. Would anyone vote for Jesus with a campaign slogan of “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me (Luke 9:23)?” That may not go over so well in America. Maybe Paul would be His running mate. He could campaign with Jesus and tell the voters how they too could be imprisoned, flogged, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, and spend a night and day in the open sea. No government assistance in this administration - you will labor, toil, and often go without sleep. You may often be hungry, thirsty, cold, and naked (2Cor. 11:23-27).  I can see the approval ratings going through the roof.

Then again, there is the fact that Jesus has created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities. All things were created by Him and for Him and in Him all things are held together (Col. 1:16-17). Ok, this is sounding better, but what about His experience? Well, aside from being the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent creator of the universe (Jer. 32:17, Rev. 19:6), He is the head of the Church, the firstborn among all things, and He has supremacy in all things (Col. 1:18). He has also been given dominion and glory and an everlasting kingdom which will never pass away (Dan. 7:14). OK, now the polling numbers are looking better.

Maybe some voters just want to know what Jesus will do for them personally. Well, He laid aside a magnificent glorious life in the presence of His Father to take on the form of a lowly, humble servant so that He could die on the cross for me (Phil. 2:6-8). He has reconciled me to Himself and set me free from all accusations (Col. 1:21-221). He has taken all my sin and offenses upon Himself and has promised me eternal life. He is my refuge, my strength, my shield and my strong deliverer. He is my hope, my healer, my comforter, and my King.

So now we can rejoice with Paul in spite of the suffering and join in the afflictions of Christ (Col. 1:24). Maybe I can deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Him after all. Yes I think it is a good idea to vote for Jesus as president!