0 comments | Posted by Steven Layson on 10 Apr 2011 in From Steve's Study ::
I’m told that on Fifth Ave in New York City, in the entrance of the RCA Building, there is a gigantic statue of Atlas. He is an incredibly well proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders. There he is, the most powerfully built man in the world, and not surprisingly, he can barely stand up under this burden.
Across the street however, is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and there behind the high altar is a little shrine of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort he is holding the world in one hand.
It’s a pretty graphic illustration of what we’ve seen about Jesus over the past weeks. We’ve seen Jesus the healer, teacher, friend of sinners, Messiah and Son of God. This Jesus is totally in control of all things & does indeed hold the world in the palm of his hands.
Again today, we see Jesus the King, entering into Jerusalem on a donkey, but proclaiming to the world that he is the rightful king, the “Son of David”, who will rule over all people in all places for eternity.
These two statues on Fifth Avenue lay before us two possible responses to Jesus the King. We can, like Atlas, reject the Lordship of Jesus and struggle to carry the world on our shoulders, or we can submit ourselves to the King of Kings, who effortlessly rules over all.
Is Jesus the King over your life? Have you submitted your strengths and weaknesses, your time, money, relationships, hopes and aspirations to his loving lordship? Don’t carry on with the weight of the world on your own shoulders. Submit to King Jesus and allow his love, wisdom and care to guide and rule your life.
He invites us to, ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.“” (Mt 11:28-30)
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