Every knee will bow to Jesus

We learn from our study of the book of Esther that for one to come before the Persian king without first being called was putting his life in jeopardy. One only hope was in a show of mercy by the king. If he held out his scepter, the life would be spared (Esther 4:11Esther 4:11
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11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law for him, that he be put to death, except those to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

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). We also have observed the reverence paid to kings of old. When one would come before the king, the subject would kneel and bow one’s head in a show of veneration. Some, being brought defiantly before the king, would be forced to the ground. From these examinations, we note a few biblical truths worth consideration.

Jesus is, “King of kings, and Lord of lords;” (1 Timothy 6:151 Timothy 6:15
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15 which in its own times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

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), and calls all men to come unto Him (Matthew 11:28-30Matthew 11:28-30
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28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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). We have not a vicious, capricious king, but one who is loving, merciful and kind. However, there are conditions laid forth in God’s word for how we come to Him. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1John 10:1
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10 1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

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Only those who come to him in obedience receive the blessings of the King. Consider prayer: “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth” (John 9:31John 9:31
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31 We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.

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). When we come together to worship we must do so “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24John 4:24
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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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). You see we must come to Him in obedience and in a show of humility and reverence.

If we answer the call and come to him now on bended knee we receive the blessings of the Father both here and in eternity. But what of those who refuse to answer the call. Well, just like in the days of old, you will be brought before the King and forced to your knees. Consider these verses:

“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11Romans 14:11
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11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God.

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“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11Philippians 2:9-11
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9 Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Now let us ask ourselves, when Jesus returns and calls us to judgment, which group would we rather be in? The group who has already in reverence and obedience come to the King and bowed before Him, or would we want to be among those who will be forced to their knees? The answer seems simple, doesn’t it? Be obedient, and be faithful!

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