Friends, I am beyond excited to share with you a message that many of you who are more tech-savvy than I am, have probably seen and heard many times. But for those of you that like me grew up on cassette tapes - you just might share my excitement.....
So why am I so excited?
Well simply that I received in my inbox a copy of one of the most awe inspiring evangelistic sermons that I originally heard as a young man on cassette tape - but this time it was a link to it online. A dear friend of mine the Rev. Ian Powell gave me that cassette tape many years ago in Sydney, Australia. Man I played and played and played that tape until it LITERALLY self-destructed.
I have dreamed many times of hearing it again - and now I have.
So whether you have heard it or not, read it, I urge you. You will not be wasting your time. Better yet listen to it - it is as true, incontestable and stunningly inspiring as it was when the great man who preached it S.M. (Shadrach Meshach) Lockridge first wrote it.
By Dr. S.M. Lockridge
My King was born King.
The Bible says He's a Seven Way King.
He's the King of the Jews - that's a racial King.
He's the King of Israel - that's a National King.
He's the King of righteousness.
He's the King of the ages.He's the King of glory.He's the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords.Now that's my King.
He's the King of Heaven.
He's the King of Heaven.
Well I wonder if you know Him. Do you know Him? Don't try to mislead me. Do you know my King?
David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament show His handiwork.
My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love.No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shore of supplies.No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
Well, well, He's enduringly strong.He's entirely sincere.He's eternally steadfast.He's immortally graceful.He's imperially powerful.He's impartially merciful.That's my King.
He's God's Son.He's the sinner's saviour.He's the centrepiece of civilization.He stands alone in Himself.He's honest.He's unique.He's unparalleled.He's unprecedented.He's supreme.He's pre-eminent.
Well, He's the grandest idea in literature.He's the highest personality in philosophy.He's the supreme problem in high criticism.He's the fundamental doctrine of proved theology.He's the carnal necessity of spiritual religion.
That's my King.
He's the miracle of the age.He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.
Well, He's the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.He supplies strength for the weak.He's available for the tempted and the tried.He sympathizes and He saves.He's strong God and He guides.He heals the sick.He cleanses the lepers.He forgives sinners.He discharged debtors.He delivers the captives.He defends the feeble.He blesses the young.He serves the unfortunate.He regards the aged.He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know Him?
Well, my King is a King of knowledge.He's the wellspring of wisdom.He's the doorway of deliverance.He's the pathway of peace.He's the roadway of righteousness.He's the highway of holiness.He's the gateway of glory.He's the master of the mighty.He's the captain of the conquerors.He's the head of the heroes.He's the leader of the legislatures.He's the overseer of the overcomers.He's the governor of governors.He's the prince of princes.He's the King of kings and He's the Lord of lords.
That's my King. Yeah. Yeah.That's my King. My King, yeah.
His office is manifold.His promise is sure.His light is matchless.His goodness is limitless.His mercy is everlasting.His love never changes.His Word is enough.His grace is sufficient.His reign is righteous.His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable. He's indescribable.
Yes. He's incomprehensible.He's invincible.He's irresistible.I'm coming to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explaining Him.You can't get Him out of your mind.You can't get Him off of your hands.You can't outlive Him and you can't live without Him.
Well, Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him.Pilot couldn't find any fault in Him.The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree.Herod couldn't kill Him.Death couldn't handle Him and the grave couldn't hold Him.
That's my King. Yeah.
He always has been and He always will be.I'm talking about He had no predecessor and He'll have no successor.There's nobody before Him and there'll be nobody after Him.You can't impeach Him and He's not going to resign.That's my King! That's my King!
Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.Well, all the power belongs to my King.We're around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but it's God's power.Thine is the power. Yeah. And the glory.We try to get prestige and honour and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His.Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the evers, then,
SM Lockridge's Official ObituaryOfficial obituaries included the following, however I think the words, the insight, the power and the ageless testimony of the sermon "That's My King" are just about the finest testimony ever written.....
S. M. Lockridge. 08-Apr-2000 SaturdayFor more than 40 years, the Rev. Dr. S.M. Lockridge's sermons boomed from the pulpit of San Diego's Calvary Baptist Church and far beyond -- at crusades, revivals, religious rallies and evangelistic conferences around the world, reaching the powerful and the meek.
This week, his voice was stilled. Dr. Lockridge died Tuesday at the age of 87 after several years of failing health."He was a giant among preachers," said San Diego City Councilman George Stevens, who was ordained by Dr. Lockridge and served under him as an associate pastor. "His messages were so powerful, so penetrating. You somehow felt that he knew totally what he was talking about."
During Dr. Lockridge's tenure at Calvary Baptist, one of the most prominent African-American congregations in San Diego, his ministry reached more than 100,000 people. He oversaw 5,000 baptisms and increased the church's assets from $25,000 to more than $1 million.But Dr. Lockridge's influence was felt far beyond the city. He served in key regional, state and national positions with the Baptist Church, including president of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.
He held doctorates and numerous honorary degrees and was often sought as a public speaker, even after he retired in 1993. He served as guest lecturer at numerous schools and universities and on the faculty of several others, including the Billy Graham School of Evangelism.Dr. Lockridge was active in the civil rights movement, and under his leadership Calvary Baptist hosted several of its leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson."His unique, powerful preaching gift opened doors for him that transcended racial boundaries," said the Rev. Timothy Winters of Bayview Baptist Church. "He was excellent in terms of breaking down ethnic distinctions."
Among his admirers was former Gov. Pete Wilson."He touched, and made better, thousands of lives, including mine," Wilson recalled in a written statement. "There was about him a dignity, a quiet wisdom and a gentle, healing power that made him both a truly great pastor and a great force for good far beyond his church."
Shadrach Meshach Lockridge was born March 7, 1913, in Robertson County, Texas, the oldest of eight children. His father was a Baptist minister, and "when he went to college he decided he was going to do something else," said his sister, Willa Faye Whitman.A graduate of Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, he worked for two years as a high school English teacher. But in 1940 in Dallas, he felt the call to preach. He was married the next year, to Virgil Mae Thomas. In 1942, he accepted his first pastorate at Fourth Ward Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas.
In August 1952, he was named pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego. Those who heard his sermons there remember a tall, elegantly dressed man who spoke in a roaring voice about the Scriptures in a manner so commanding that listeners had a hard time remaining in their seats.
"At times we felt like we needed a seat belt," said Barbara Andrews, a longtime parishioner at Calvary Baptist and the church's multimedia ministry director. "You had to stand up . . . you just wanted to fly away."
Among those who heard his message was former state Sen. Waddie Deddeh."He was not just a pastor at Calvary Church; he was a pastor for all those people who listened and cared and wanted to have spiritual nourishment," Deddeh said.
Dr. Lockridge never had children, but to dozens of Baptist preachers who came up under his tutelage he was nonetheless a parental figure."He was like a father to me," said the Rev. Walter Wells, pastor at Mount Erie Baptist Church, who as a little boy belonged to Calvary Baptist. "You couldn't listen to Dr. Lockridge without being motivated and stimulated, and without desiring to be better and better."
Friends, I hope you have been as blessed to read and hear the great S.M. Lockridge's words about our truly great King as I have.
Thanks for stopping by
Blessings, favour and peace