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Who is King of the Hill? Luke 9
By Ronald E. George Jr.

Is Jesus King of the Hill in your life? Have you ever played King of the Hill? As long as you are on top you are king. You can remain king until something happens to knock you off of the top. King of the Hill is the one that everyone listens to. He or she is the one that rules. One day in the first grade I was playing King of the Hill with some of my friends. When we came into the classroom after recess we all found out who was really King of the Hill. The teacher introduced us to the board of education. Who really is King of the Hill? There is always someone around who can knock you off of the Hill. No matter how tough we think we are there will always be someone that can show you who is the King. I am going to show you this morning… Are you ready to see who really is King of the Hill?

How do you see Him?

Do You See Him as He really is?

Is Jesus King of the Hill in your life?

Scripture Text: Luke 9:28-36

Luke 9:28 (KJS) And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. {sayings: or, things} 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept [it] close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

Key verses: 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

1. Who is King of the Hill? Jesus

Is Peter? No. Is Elijah and Moses? No. Are you? Are you really in control? Can anyone knock you off of your hill? Is Jesus? Yes, ultimately He will be.

Luke 9:18 (KJS) And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some [say], Elias; and others [say], that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

2. Why Was He King of the Hill? "This is my beloved Son"

Because of Who He was as described by His name. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Because he is the Son of Man and He is our substitute.

Because of the Hill called Mount Calvary or the place of a Skull. Golgatha.

3. Who can see the glory of the King of the Hill?

Only those who will draw near to the King. Are you in the inner circle of friends? These are the friends of God. Moses, Elijah, Peter, James and John were among those on the inner circle.

  1. Acquaintances of God. How you do? How is the weather? Those in the crowd that surrounded the hill.
  2. Friends of God. The rest of the disciples that were left at the foot of the hill. Deeper level of friendship, but yet some distance to go. May spend some time yet still preoccupied with other things in life. Spectators
  3. Companions or Brothers with God. Willing to go all of the way with the Lord. Want to spend their life with the Lord. Participators and Imitators.

Those who will listen to Him and allow Him to rule in their life

4. Will you see Him as King of the Hill? See the Glory of the King?

"Master, it is good for us to be here:"

No one can make him the King because He is the King. We can see him and recognize His rule in our lives now or later. We can only resist God the King because He allows us to choose to obey Him now. But in the future every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.

Romans 14:11 (KJS) For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Though the following story comes from the distant past, it speaks forcefully to the present: King Henry IV of France once asked the Duke of Alva if he had observed the great eclipse of the sun that had recently occurred. "No," said the duke, "I have so much to do on the earth that I have no leisure to look up into heaven." Commenting on this, Thomas Brooks said, "It is sad to think how heart and time are so taken up with earthly things that we have no leisure to look to Christ and the things that belong to everlasting peace." Yes, how foolish is the person who caters entirely to this temporal world! It gives only momentary pleasure, and cannot bring the eternal rewards of Heaven. Jesus told us, " ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (Mt. 6:33).

5. Will you listen to the King of the Hill?

How can you become a companion of the King of the Hill?

"This is my beloved Son: hear him."

Will you believe Him?

Will you receive Him?

Will you obey Him?

Will you listen to Him?

Will you draw near to Him?

Will you come down from the hill to do his work?

Blunt common sense always characterized Mr. Moody. Once a man rose in one of his meetings to give his experience. "I have been for five years on the Mount of Transfiguration," he said. Instantly Mr. Moody interrupted him by the sharp question, "How many souls did you lead to Christ last year?' "Well, I don't know," answered the surprised man. "Have you led any?" then came sternly from the preacher. "I-ah-don't know that I have," said the man. "Then," snapped Mr. Moody, still more sternly, "we don't want that kind of mountaintop experience. When a man gets so high that he can't reach down and save poor sinners, there is something wrong."

I was almost your person today, Lord. Then I thought what it would have been like if Jesus had done the same thing. What if God had almost revealed himself in Jesus Christ? What if Christ was almost born and almost lived and almost died? What if he would have said, "Ask and it will almost be given you; seek and you will almost find; knock and it will almost be opened to you"? What if he would have said, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavyladen, and I will almost give you rest"? And what if Jesus had told his disciples, "For whosoever would save his life will lose it, and whosoever loses his life for my sake will almost find it"? My Almost Christianity took on a much different light. I realized how many times I had played the game of being one of Jesus' "almost disciples." I recalled how many times I had prayed almost believing and walked through my days as if he were almost risen. It was not a question of theology. It was a question of lifestyle. Whether or not I had a lifestyle that could match what I said I believed, whether or not, as some have said, I could walk my talk.

Recognize Him as the King of your life today!

This sermon was by Pastor Ronald E. George Jr. of Fayetteville Baptist Church in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

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