A Righteous King
There was a righteous king who had only one son of his own. Even though he already had an heir, his love was great so he adopted many sons and daughters to share in the wealth and peace of his kingdom. Some of the older children became greedy. They killed his only son, and they refused to accept the king as a father.
He didn’t force them to accept him. If they hated his only son and would not receive him as their father, then he had no choice but to banish them from his kingdom in order to protect the innocent children that loved him and accepted him as their father. The children that remained enjoyed the peace of the kingdom and he treated them as blood heirs to the throne, royal princes and princesses. They enjoyed the peace of the kingdom. He raised his son from the dead to rule them in peace.
Such is the kingdom of God. We have a hard time understanding God’s wrath from the Old Testament. Jesus bore God’s wrath on the cross so that you and I would never have know God’s anger towards sin. God’s wrath is righteous and just. He won’t make you accept him, but if you refuse His son He is righteous to cut you off from the Kingdom. But this isn’t where the story ends.
The Son of the King pleaded and interceded on behalf of the children. The King agreed that the children who would repent and accept His Son as Lord could be part of His kingdom. The Son went and found the children that had been banished. Some of them were stubborn and said “you are not the son of the king. That man died. We don’t believe you.” However, others were very sorry after being separated from their Father, the King. Life outside of the kingdom had been unkind. They recognized the son. They repented and were happy to follow the son back to the kingdom.
He warned them that the road back to the kingdom would be narrow and arduous. They might be attacked by enemies along the way, but not to lose heart and not to turn back. A few turned back at the first sign of trouble. Most of the children continued to follow him all the way to the kingdom, even though the road was rough and there was warfare along the way. They were scared to see the King, knowing what they had done. But the King already knew that they were sorry. He knew that they followed His son through an arduous journey and that they didn’t turn back when the road became rough and they were under attack.
When they got to the kingdom palace, the Father greeted them with royal robes and crowns. He hugged them and called them His own. They all rejoiced. He even threw them a feast and welcomed them to sit at his table. Then they all lived peacefully, eternally ever after.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 ESV