An Ides of March for Every Caesar
By Jesus Christ all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.Being able to declare to a room full of political leaders that Jesus Christ is above all "thrones or dominions or principalities or powers," was certainly one of the most enthralling experiences I've ever had in ministry. I moved from Colossians 1:16-17 to Colossians 2:3. I've always loved the thought that the Christ, who has created all thrones and dominions--who is before all things in and whom all things hold together--is the One "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Matthew Henry once famously remarked, "The treasures of wisdom are hidden not from us, but for us, in Christ." Finally, I sought to bring the contrast between "the fear of man" and "the fear of the Lord" to bear in application, when I said:
"There is an Ides of March for every Caesar. There is an Ides of March for every powerful corporation. When we come to Jesus Christ for wisdom, we don’t need to fear powerful individuals, we don’t need to fear powerful corporations; we only need to fear the King of Kings and Lord or Lords to whom we must all give account. We don’t need to fear what Fox News or MSNBC thinks about us; we only need to fear the One who holds our breathe in His hands and owns all our ways. In His word we have everything necessary for the difficult and challenging moments of our life. We must learn to fear the One who has power over life and death."March 15, 2016 will always be a memorable day to me. I woke this morning to ask the Lord to use what was said in the lives of those who heard. However, whatever His plan may be, of this much I am sure, I need to be reminded--on a daily basis--that I don't need to fear man whose breathe is in his nostril. There is an Ides of March for every Caesar and an Ides of March for every corporation. What glorious freedom comes when our hearts rest in the One who is over all thrones and dominions, who holds every man's breath in His hand (Dan. 5:23) and who is the infinite source of wisdom and knowledge for those of us who come to Him in faith and repentance.