Phil Congdon, New Braunfels Bible Church, March 4, 2016
Tuesday, March 1st. ‘Super Tuesday’! Millions of dollars were spent leading up to it, with candidates touting their qualities, and trying to outdo each other with promises on how they would fix all our problems, and give us everything we want for free! Honestly, it reminded me of the scene in Napoleon Dynamite scene where Pedro, running for class president, says, “Vote for me and all of your wildest dreams will come true.”
What is amazing is the number of Americans who swallow this tripe! Millions of Americans went to the polls, cast their ballots, and – well, settle in for another eight months of this! Which leads me to say two things: First, while political ads can drive you to the brink of insanity, we should be thankful that we have the right to vote, and a number of other rights and freedoms that most people in the world do not enjoy. Second, while I’m not a pessimist, I can assure you that no matter who wins, we’ll be subjected to this quadrennial drum-beat in four years, unless…unless the Lord returns first!
How do I know? What is the basis for this wondrous thought? The last Sunday in March, this year. They call the first Tuesday ‘Super Tuesday’ because of the number of delegates up for grabs in the presidential primaries on that day, but I’d sooner call the last Sunday ‘Super Sunday,’ because on that day – ‘Resurrection Day’ – God declared victory over sin and death once and for all through the resurrection of His Son…and His kingdom rule will commence when He returns from heaven. He’s not making promises, angling for your vote, raising money to fund His campaign: It’s done, He is King of kings and Lord of lords!
Many world leaders have basked in the praise of followers who viewed them with almost messianic qualities, but all have proved to have feet of clay. Only One can lay claim to the throne of the Kingdom of God, and He is not up for election. Instead of trying to garner support in order to acquire a throne, He shed His own blood to enable others to share in that reign. God’s plan to include us in this coming kingdom required the sacrifice of His Son. I love how the author of Hebrews captures this:
But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. (Heb. 2.9-10, NAS)
Having paid-in-full the price for our sins, God raise His Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead. The empty tomb is the promise of a coming throne! Again, Scripture is clear (Philippians 2.9-11, NKJV):
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
If you’re looking for something to really shout about this election season, look beyond the hype and promises of the candidates, and look to Christ. On March 12th, 19th, and 25th, we’ll celebrate His life, death, and resurrection in the His Story drama, and on ‘Super Sunday,’ March 27th, we’ll celebrate the empty tomb. Here’s a leader you really can believe in!