I remember the first time I encountered the phrase “Jesus is still on the throne!”. Christine Caine, a Christian pastor, made the statement on her Instagram page. When I read it, I must have been experiencing a rough day because by the time I finished reading it, I wanted to run around the room (y’all know how the seasoned saints do when they get happy). Gosh, it placed EVERYTHING into perspective! It basically told me to have a seat and relish in the fact that Jesus still reigns. It reminded me to set my sights on the things above and not earthly things. It told me that no matter what we are going through, Jesus is STILL on the throne. I almost want to shout right now…
“Jesus is on the throne. He was also on a cross…” Kyle Brooks
However, it was the above mentioned quote, that made the lightbulb really go off. In order to get to the throne, He had to endure the cross. There is not one without the other. In order to recognize and rejoice in the fact that He is still on the throne, I must acknowledge that the cross came first. In order to get to that heavenly, beautiful, and peaceful place, He had to endure pain and suffering.
If I may encourage you all (and myself in the process), take comfort in the fact that Jesus is still on the throne. He is always and forever in that beautiful and majestic seat. But He had to endure the pain of the cross in order to get there. Jesus is considered the ultimate example for a reason. John 16:33 tells us that in this world you will have trouble. You will experience trouble here. Please do not allow anyone to tell you otherwise, scripture says it and your life probably echoes that same truth. Who hasn’t experienced pain and suffering? However, we also find incredible comfort in the same verse, in me you may have peace. The “in me” is Jesus. He is the source of our comfort and He is right there to meet us in our pain. He is no stranger to the troubles of this world. But the peace He has to give is optional, you have to choose Jesus no matter what you are going through. In choosing Him, there is peace. The same scripture also provides this incredible truth: But take heart! I have overcome the world. Your pain and suffering isn’t where the story ends! It is only the beginning! We can look to the amazing victor, Jesus! In the end, Jesus wins! And so will you! Your pain is merely temporary. And while there isn’t a throne awaiting you, there is an incredible testimony that will encourage and inspire others. After the pain, there is a reward for your faithfulness. The fire refines, beautiful people! There will absolutely be glory after this.
Yes, Jesus is absolutely still on the throne (go on ahead and get your run on!) but we cannot forsake the necessity of the cross…
Peace and Blessings