(originally published January 18, 2009)
This coming Tuesday at about noon an inauguration ceremony will take place. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. This inauguration is the formal ceremony that marks the beginning of his presidency. We will pray (1 Tim. 2:1) for our president. He should look to God’s Word for wisdom and instruction as he makes decisions. As historical as this inauguration may be there is one that surpasses it.
Over two thousand years ago the greatest inauguration took place. “For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:34-36). The ascension was the inauguration of the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15). Jesus was proven to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). However, Jesus received “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom” (Daniel 7:14) when He went back to heaven.
Many are looking for Tuesday to be the start of change. The day Jesus ascended (Acts 1:11) to the Father really changed things. That is spiritually. Men could now be saved by the blood of Christ (Matt. 26:28). The saved could be added to the church (Acts 2:47). People could be “translated from the power of darkness in to the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13). What a day that was and its effects continue today. Brethren, presidents may come and go. The “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15) will always be the same (Heb. 13:8). May we give Him our allegiance (Rom. 14:11).