Genesis 49:10: The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; the nations will obey him.

These are some of the final words of Jacob, also known as Israel. He is given to his sons his final blessings. This is part of the final blessing Jacob gave to Judah, his fourth born son.

Do you know about whom Jacob is talking? You know Him. You know Him intimately. You eat His body and drink His blood for the forgiveness of all of your sins.

Jacob is telling us about Jesus. The line of kings starting with David reigned in Judah for centuries. And then, the son of David, the Son of God, came into the world and was adored and worshiped by kings from the east. King Jesus took upon Himself the throne of a cross, an instrument of cursing and derision, in order to bring salvation and life to the nations. And that includes you and I. People for all lands, races, tribes, and nations follow and obey the life of Jesus.

And then Jesus rose to life in order to provide for His kingdom life to live for Him now and in eternity. Then Jesus ascended back to heaven to make there a place for all people who believe in His saving Grace. Then finally, when it is time as designed by the Father Himself, Jesus will return and bring with Him the new heaven and earth where people from all nations will bow down and worship Him forever.

Are you ready for Him? Do you already know Jesus as your Savior and Lord and King? If you do, then that is phenomenal. Live in His Grace, Mercy, and love.

You don’t know Jesus as Your Savior, Lord, and King? Maybe now is the time. Contact us at Christ the King Lutheran Church and we can talk. First, let’s pray.

Father God, thank You for Jesus, our Savior, Lord, and King. Lead us to follow Him by means of The Holy Spirit. Open our hearts more fully to Him. Open our hearts to Him for the first time as well. We pray this in Jesus’ name. And all God’s children say…

— Robert Hemsath is the sole pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church and has been with the church since Dec. 2003. The church, located at 301 Hwy 287 Bypass West, has a traditional Lutheran worship service at 8 a.m., Contemporary Lutheran Service at 10:45 a.m., and Sunday School gathering and opening at 9:20 a.m. with classes for adults and children starting at 9:30am. He and his wife Shari have three children and six grandchildren.