Sunday, July 22, 2012 was our 12th annual Music & Drama Camp Performance entitled “The Island King!” There is no recorded sermon for that day. Below is the text of Sunday’s sermon “The Great King” by Pastor Doug Bouws.
The Island King
Music and Drama Camp 2012
Timmy was the kind of kid who always came in second to last in races on the playground. Susie was the kind of girl who could not get very far on the jump rope. She always got her feet tangled up. Timmy always wished he was a little bit faster. Susie always wished she was a little bit less clumsy. All of us moms and dads too often wish we could be just a little bit bigger, a little bit faster, a little bit stronger. In fact maybe we dream about being the prettiest, the best, the top of the class. Your moms and dads might wish they were the smartest, the most charming, the kind of person who makes the most money. Someone who has a bigger house and better friends.
I want to show you some pictures of the some people who thought this way too. And they thought about it sooo much and they worked so hard at it that they thought they were really the best there ever was! You might not know them. But your moms and dads might.
Alexander the Great: By the age of thirty, he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world. He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of history’s most successful commanders.
King Tutankhamen: His name means “The living image of the god Amun.”
Julius Caesar: This Roman emperor was considered so great that he thought he was actually god!
Napoleon Bonaparte: A great French leader who conquered and consolidated many people.
The list could go on and on. There have been all kinds of people (mostly men) just like them, throughout the history of the world, from the beginning of time. These men thought so much about themselves that they thought they were gods! BUUUUUUT there was only one God who could become a man. And that God would become a man. We call him Jesus. He really is the greatest, but he actually chose to become small. And that makes him the greatest of all.
Kalanikupule (in our stories) wanted to be the greatest, didn’t he? But Daniel always wanted to show him that there was one greater. A king of all the other kinds. A leader of all the other leaders. Do you know? There’s another story in the Bible about Nebuchadnezzar—the big kahuna, Kalanikupule. And in that story, he was so stuck on himself that God turns him into a beast. He really does! Sounds kind of like a fairy tale doesn’t it? But for seven years he got all hairy and crawled around on all fours, eating grass like an ox. But at the end of those seven years the Bible tells us that Nebuchadnezzar made a confession. He said, “I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High. I honored and glorified him forever because everything he does is right and all his ways are just.”