During my teenage years, I was far away from God. I was mad at God. I thought that I knew it all. I felt superior to others. It was only when I was humbled by having to take a semester off from graduate school that I turned back to God. God illuminated my mind as I studied His Word. Although I did not understand Revelation, I found great comfort in knowing Jesus as King of kings. I submitted to God and His will for my life as I saw Jesus as my Lord.
“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (Revelation 17:14, NIV).
WHAT’S IN A WORD?
“Christ as…the King in judging nations and men at the establishment of the millennial kingdom…eternal, incorruptible” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words).
There are kings of the world. However, they are here for only a short time. Kings will come and go. However, we have an eternal King – Jesus Christ. He will be King for eternity.
“‘Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” (John 8:58, NIV).
Read John 8:58. How did Jesus tell them?
Who was Jesus before?
What proclamation did Jesus use to describe Himself?
Jesus spoke the truth as He said, “Very truly I tell you.” The Jews believed they were all right with being descendants of Abraham. However, Jesus let them know that He was eternal and was before Abraham. Jesus was King of kings.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10, NIV).
Read Philippians 2:9-10. What did God exalt Jesus to?
What was the name of Jesus?
What will everyone do at the name of Jesus?
Where will this happen?
Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. As I remember these words from a hymn, I live in awe of my Savior and King. Every knee will indeed bow in the future as God has exalted Jesus to the highest place.
“To keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time – God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:14-15, NIV).
Read 1 Timothy 6:14-15. How are we to keep His commands?
Until what time?
How is God described?
God is described as King of kings and Lord of lords. As Jesus is God in flesh, these attributes describe Jesus as well. We need to worship and adore our Savior and King.
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10-11, NIV).
Read 2 Peter 1:10-11. What should we make every effort to do?
What will we never do if we do these things?
What will we receive?
How is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus described?
Jesus has an eternal Kingdom of Heaven. He is indeed King of kings. God gives us a calling to finish while still on earth. We must obey God and revere Jesus as the King of kings.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE
We look at today’s leaders and become dismayed by the corruption. However, we have a King without sin who died on the cross for our sins. In Revelation, Jesus is described about how He will be revered. “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16, NIV).
How do you view Jesus?
Has there been a time in your walk where you strayed?
How did this affect your life?
How did you return to Christ and put Him first place as King of kings?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV). Jesus existed with God from the beginning as part of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus became flesh and died for our sins so that we could have eternal life in Heaven. We can worship and adore Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins. May I always worship Jesus as Lord of lords. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
NUGGETS OF WISDOM
Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all. Augustine of Hippo
There is not an inch of any sphere of life over which Jesus Christ does not say, “Mine.” Abraham Kuyper
For every look at self take ten looks at Christ. Robert Murray M’Cheyne
The seed is choked in our souls whenever Christ is not our all in all. C.H. Spurgeon
Many are willing that Christ should be something, but few will consent that Christ should be everything. Alexander Moody Stuart