“We have this day restored His place among people; the Sovereign God to whom all ought to be obedient. . . . No king but King Jesus.” —Samuel Adams
On April 8th Christians will celebrate the historic event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Five billion people will not care or, in many cases, even know. Many of the two billion who mark Easter 2012 will question that the physical resurrection happened. It happened. There is far more solid historic evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened than that Julius Caesar ever lived. (even though his book “De Bello Gallico” and Other Commentaries is in print today.) No single event in history reaches the magnitude of that Friday and Sunday when every person who believes or will believe was saved from death and delivered into eternal life. This is the greatest thing that has or could happen on this earth.
But Jesus coming changed the entire world in many other ways. Dr. Steve Goold, the senior teaching Pastor at New Hope Church in Minnesota, covered several a few months ago. They are profound and exciting. We are examining them in several posts leading up to Holy Week. Here is Dr. Goold with the fifth and final part:
O.K. Here’s one last for us to think about as we close tonight and, yes, tomorrow in your homes: The founding of America. Now hold on. Let me explain. I do not mean to imply that America is in the Bible anywhere because it isn’t. I do not mean to imply that America has supplanted Israel as covenant people. It hasn’t; we aren’t. Here’s what I want to tell you tonight. When the Declaration of Independence was sighed in our nation’s history, Samuel Adams—the great Samuel Adams said, “We have this day restored His place among people; the Sovereign God to whom all ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven. No king but King Jesus.” The preeminent reason America was founded was for the practice of the freedom of Christianity as a result of Jesus Christ coming to the earth. There were those who said the Church should not be—must not be—subject to the political structural kingship system of mankind. Wherever Christianity has flourished around the world, in the history of Christianity, that had always been the case. The fact is had Jesus never been born, there would never have been an America as we know it. Not a chance. Not a chance. More than any country in history, America was founded on Biblical Christian principles by those who understood that God’s way is simply good for people and it still is. God’s way is good for people. Imperfect as we have been as a nation; increasingly wayward as we are becoming as a nation in our neglect of God’s ways, His Word and His Son, I declare to you tonight boldly and without reservation. Because of our foundation born out of Scriptural values, America became the greatest exponent of the Gospel to the nations of the world since the first century birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We would not have half of the nation that we have had if it wasn’t for the Lord Jesus Christ. The values of His Kingdom for a time period so permeated this nation.
What if Jesus had not been born? Well it’s impossible to calculate or formulate a response because He was, right? He has profoundly impacted civilization and history and individual lives and the eternal destiny of billions of people and He still changes hearts and rules over the affairs of this world. Thank you, Lord Jesus, thank you precious Lord Jesus for coming to this earth.