JESUS BECOMES OUR KING
- The prophesies announced him to be the descendant of King David
- His kingdom is not like this world’s kingdom and will extend over the world
- His kingdom spreads around the world and changes the hearts of people
“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16).
The week when Jesus was convicted and hung on a cross to die actually started out with Jesus being celebrated like a king. He sat on a young donkey and rode into Jerusalem. People spread their coats on the ground before him and waved palm branches. They shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” They were claiming him to be the Messiah who would rule as king.
It didn’t take long for the jealousy of the religious leader to reach a high point. They plotted to kill him and got the Roman government to authorize it. But as Jesus told them, his kingdom was beyond this world and not like the kingdoms of this world. Little did they know that his death on the cross secured his place as king. Not only did he fulfill the prophesies, but he won the battle against Satan that gave Jesus and us the victory. Now his kingdom would spread around the world and change the hearts of people. This would continue on until all those who will believe in him are brought fully into that kingdom in heaven. No one can enter that kingdom, Jesus told them, unless they are born anew in their hearts. It is where the Holy Spirit works for “the kingdom of God is within you.”
After he had spent about 40 days teaching some final lessons to his followers, Jesus was lifted up into the air in front of them until they couldn’t see him anymore. He told them he was returning to his Father’s house and would return one day to bring them (and us) there also. By ascending into the sky, Jesus reminded them that he is all-powerful and will rule over all things with their best interest in mind.
He came to fulfill what Isaiah prophesied to be the Prince of Peace who would reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom forever. He now is in the position of power in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. He is the head over everything for the church. Finally at the end of the Bible we have the special revelation of Jesus, a vision that he gave to Apostle John. John describes him as receiving the worship of the heavenly crowds singing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.”
If it seems this world is out of control, look up to heaven and remember who rules all things for the sake of his people and his plans for the world.