In recent years the level of verbal assaults and incivility among the governing parties of the United States has dramatically increased. At the heart of this war of words are two drastically different world-views that fuel the desire for governing power to advance their agenda. On the outside, many citizens look on in silent disappointment at their government, even as they long to simply live their lives in peace and security. Yet the political parties continue on in their never-ending quest for more power.
Even as humans vie for ruling authority, there is One who has ultimate power over all things. God, in the person of Jesus Christ, holds supreme power and has the perfect qualities of administrating it with justice, truth, mercy, grace, and love. Jesus Christ rules over all rulers, and He is the Good King! Even when human rulers and authorities fail, this truth remains: God is in control, and He is supremely in command of all things, as Scripture states:
“People might make many plans, but what the Lord says is what will happen.” (Proverbs 19:21)
Most people look at the word “king” as an outdated one. Many often associate that word with the Middle Ages, where despots and tyrants abused and sucked dry the people they supposedly were anointed to care for. Human kings, as a rule, seemed hell-bent on obtaining more power—literally. There is something fundamentally flawed with our human nature that power becomes a drug that demands more of itself for the user to feel temporarily fulfilled.
That type of king is the polar opposite of the King of kings described in the Bible. Jesus Christ, the promised King, is described as not only perfect and supreme in power, but also in knowledge, grace, love, service, and purity. He is the true, loving King who laid down his heavenly glory and came to earth to serve and suffer on our behalf (see Philippians 2). Jesus is the perfect King who defeated all enemies, including death, and will return to inaugurate a new, eternal kingdom whose likes have never been seen! Jesus is right now at work preparing the heavenly kingdom awaiting all who say yes to Him:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Imagine a Ruler who perfectly knows the needs of every person in their kingdom—and then perfectly, knowledgeably, and lovingly fulfills and accomplishes this—each and every time! No mere human ruler could ever do this, only the Son of God—Jesus Christ.
One day Jesus will return to earth. On that day, all people—including all earthly leaders—will acknowledge him as the Ruler of all rulers—the King of kings. At that time, the people who receive Jesus Christ as their king will live forever with him, in perfect submission to His authority— not out of duty, but with hearts entirely given to Him with love and thanks for all He has done for us.
From beginning to end, the Bible points to the kingship of Jesus Christ:
- The Old Testament contains a vast array of prophesies about the coming of Jesus, the King of kings.
- Jesus’ birth and earthly life demonstrated his supreme authority over sickness, weather, spiritual oppression, the heavens, and even death.
- Even as He hung on the cross for our sins, the title “King” was placed on Jesus.
- When hundreds of people saw Jesus resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven in glory, his eternal kingship was confirmed.
- Finally, Jesus will return as the victorious King, as the last book of the Bible declares:
“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”‘ (Revelation 19:16)
No matter what political party or person claims to be the greatest, there is only one who is: Jesus Christ, the King of kings!
“…[God] raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the One to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything” (Ephesians 1: 20-22)
Jesus Christ is King. One day all people will look up to see him return. On that day, this beautiful passage from the Psalms will be sung:
“Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory.” (Psalm 24:9-10)
I invite you to open the gates of your heart and let Jesus the perfect, good King into your heart, life, and future. He longs for you to live with him in His forever kingdom.
God bless you!