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Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords

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          Luke 19:28-40And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

          Matthew puts it this way: Matthew 21:1-11And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

          Back during the confirmation of John Ashcroft as the 79th Attorney General of the United States , there was an interesting scene that was replayed again and again by the news media showing something that many senators from both parties held against him. It was from a speech that John had given some years earlier at a college in which he was explaining to the students why the founding fathers did not want to have a king as they had experienced in Europe. That reason was that they believed that King Jesus was the king of the new world. They kept playing this clip over and over and to many of our senators this was anathema, the unpardonable sin of politics that anyone could say that Jesus is King and they were grudgingly holding that against John Ashcroft in his confirmation.

          Unfortunately, this viewpoint is not confined to our anti-Christian news organizations and politicians, but many within churches in America today who are happy for Jesus to be a babe in a manger, or on the cross; the poor forsaken crucified Christ, a suffering savior, but not a risen, sitting on the throne of the universe, reigning Lord and King Jesus Christ is not something they want to accept. That is a fact of religious life here. We do not understand the concept of a ruling monarchy, of being under the authority, power and dominion of a king who sits on a throne and has absolute power as the kings of Europe once had and the kings in the Bible. Today, most in the western world are rebels and live their life in rebellion to authority and especially absolute authority and they don’t want to accept that anyone, especially Jesus Christ could be king, an absolute monarch over His kingdom and His subjects.

          To put it simply, the church world today doesn’t want to accept and believe the reality of the Kingdom of God and the gospel of the kingdom. We just want a watered down gospel of salvation. We want a savior without a Lord and King. We want Him to be Savior Jesus, not Lord and Savior Jesus; thus stripping away His Lordship, His rule, His authority over the lives of His people, of those who claim to love and know Him. And then we place His kingdom and rule some time into the future instead of accepting and recognizing that He is now reigning on the throne of the universe as an absolute monarchy.

The only difference between Jesus’ rule and that of a physical absolute king on the earth is that if someone withstood the earthly king or showed disdain for him, they would immediately face his wrath and pay the penalty. Because of the grace of God, and because His kingdom on earth is now spiritual, though He has power over earthly leaders, events, weather and all things from behind the scenes such that men don’t always recognize his working and dealing in the affairs of men, that penalty for rejecting His authority is many times delayed until we physically leave this physical life and enter into the eternal spiritual realm. Because He is Lord and rules and chooses the breath and time of our life, sometimes He might bring judgment quickly and other times delay it for it is His prerogative as the sovereign of the universe.

          He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, now, not is going to be and as such He stands in contrast to all other earthly kings. King Jesus is incomparable to all other kings. Churches and religions celebrate what they call Palm Sunday, celebrating when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people put palm leaves before Him as He went.

          But Jesus was and is no ordinary king, because He is Lord and God and is the King of the universe today and will remain the king of the universe tomorrow. He now reigns over the affairs of men and the book of Revelation is just that, the revelation of Jesus Christ as Lord and King, ruling over all things with absolute power, dominion and authority, no matter what we see happening as He brings judgment upon the wicked in this world, wars, pestilences and all the rest, Jesus is sitting on the throne and ultimately in control of all things.

          Jesus entered into Jerusalem one week before He would be raised from the dead. He was the only king to enter into Jerusalem holding all the dreams and aspirations of the Jewish people, for a Messiah. Zechariah spoke of that day, visualized that day in Zechariah 9:9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Unlike any other earthly king, this king came to His people with salvation, as the prophecy was given to Joseph by the angel of the Lord concerning Mary “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). What other king is as just as Jesus, totally just in all His ways and judgments, without hypocrisy, without injustice, without partiality, without taking a bribe, with total wisdom and knowledge? What king can offer such hope and promise to His subjects, as King Jesus? What other king comes to His people meekly on an ass instead of a magnificent horse with all the trappings of royalty with pomp and ceremony and music and demanding that all bow and pay homage or be punished? What other king offers His Lordship and all the benefits and blessings of being under His authority, as His subject, but only to those who willingly accept Him and choose to submit to His Lordship and to put their lives into His hands. What other king could be so trusted with our very lives, to always do what is right and just and righteous? What other king gave his subjects the right and freedom of choice, to choose whether or not to submit to his authority and rule or rebel and go their own way without the penalty of death.

Earthly kings always established their throne by putting their enemies or anyone who would challenge their rule, to death, just as King Solomon established his throne in the beginning by putting to death those who were a threat to him, including his own half brother Adonijah and Joab who had been the leading captain of the army of King David and Shimei (1 Kings 2). Yet Jesus doesn’t establish His rule in the hearts of men by force. His kingdom is not physical in regard to His people, but one in which they choose to become a part of His kingdom by placing themselves under His Lordship, voluntarily; turning away from serving the god of this world, Lucifer.

There is the big difference of the physical kingdoms of men and the two spiritual kingdoms, one of which belongs to the god of this world and the other which belongs to the creator of all things, including Lucifer, for all things were created by and for the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only King to create and give life and then give man whom he created the option to serve Him or to not. Jesus is the only king who doesn’t want men to serve him outwardly, but inwardly from the heart, out of sincerity and purity of heart.

          All of the contrast between Jesus and earthly kings can be seen in that single verse written by the prophet Zechariah. Palm Sunday even stands in contrast to 3½ years of Jesus’ public ministry. Throughout His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus went about privately, shunning publicity and popularity, staying out of the city limelight, spending much time alone with His disciples and even alone by Himself.

But four days in His triumphant entry into Jerusalem and His trial changed all that and was in total contrast to His earthly ministry of the previous 3½ years. On that day, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Jewish Messiah, as the divine Son of God, not as when He even said, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:” in reply to one who called Him “Good Master” (Matthew 19:16-17). He now enters Jerusalem according to Zechariah as the King of the Jews and King of the Universe. The word king in the Hebrew speaks not only of one who is royal, but also one who is able or one who can. What is He able to do? Since that day when He was declared king, He is able to come to everyone who would invite them into their lives and comes as a triumphant king to the defeated and downcast soul, bringing hope, forgiveness and life.

          There are four main facets of the life of King Jesus. He was predicted, presented, proclaimed and is preeminent.

First, King Jesus was predicted. Any Jew who believes in the Old Testament as the inspired Word of God believed that Jesus is the coming king. He was predicted as the coming king.

Genesis 12:3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Revelation 7:9 Jesus is the only King who can bless all the nations, not just one.

Psalm 110:1-2 The LORD (Yehovah - the self-Existent, Eternal) said unto my Lord (adown – sovereign, master, owner), Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.” Psalm 2:6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” Jesus is the only king whose eternal dominion and rule is unquestioned, having been anointed by God the Father Himself. 

Isaiah 2:2-4 Jesus is the only king who reigns in righteousness and whose kingdom has no borders and will one day fill the earth.

Jeremiah 23:5-6Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” He is the only King who is all wise and full of judgment and justice all the time.

Zechariah 14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” Jesus is the only King over all the earth.

Zephaniah 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.” Jesus is the only king of whom all his subjects willingly serve and follow Him of a pure heart, not out coercion or fear or retaliation, but because they love Him.

          This could go on for hours because King Jesus was predicted in hundreds of verses and that is only a few verses that predict Jesus of many that spoke of every detail of His birth, life, death and glorious reign.

          Next, King Jesus was presented. He was foretold in the Old Testament and the New Testament is full of His appearance and the absolute and specific fulfillment of those prophecies. The Old Testament gives prophetic pictures of King Jesus and the New Testament gives historic portraits of King Jesus. That is why Matthew refers to Jesus as king 14 times, Mark refers to Him as king 6 times, Luke refers to Him as king 5 times, and John refers to Him as king 14 times. If you read the New Testament carefully, you will find that according to Luke 17:20-21 His kingship and kingdom is spiritual in nature. “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Matthew 8:11 Jesus kingship is universal in scope.

          John 3:3, 5-6Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. … Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” It is spiritual and you have to be born of the spirit to be a part of it.

          1 Corinthians 15:50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” His kingdom is not of flesh and blood, it is not of this temporal realm and life, but an eternal spiritual realm.

          King Jesus rode down Jerusalem’s road not to conquer politically, but to conquer your heart and mine. That is why He rode that donkey in the streets of Jerusalem. How was Jesus presented as the king? By healing the sick without a fee, by feeding the hungry without a charge, by quelling the storm by the words of His mouth, by casting out demons and raising the dead by the authority of His Word and of His office, by binding the broken hearts with His mercy and forgiving sin by His grace because of His love.

          Thirdly King Jesus is proclaimed, The first royal speech that Jesus gave is one sentence and found in Mark 1:15The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” The rule of God on the hearts of those who will submit to Him is here. The royal appearance of the King of kings is here and now. From the beginning Jesus knew that people had a great ability to confuse things and mess them up, so Jesus said over and over again that His kingdom is not of earthly territories, but in the hearts of those who will submit to His authority. His rule is not in riding horses and chariots but in riding the clouds to help his subjects. His territory doesn’t have boundaries of land, ethnic groups, territories, races, but whosoever will. The Bible shows us a picture of heaven where people or gathered from every tribe, nation, people and language. His weapons are of mass blessings and not mass destruction, they are the Word of God and the sword of the Spirit.

          When the masses cried out, Hosanna, meaning “save now” they were saying “we know that you are the king that Zechariah told us would come to us on a donkey. We know that you are the king whose love with smite us, whose love will redeem us, whose love will conquer our wills, the king who will carry us through life to eternal life, the king who will empower us over sin and Satan, we know that you’re the king that will cause us to reign and rule with you.”

          King Jesus is preeminent. Revelation, as much if not more than other books very clearly reveals to us the preeminence of King Jesus. There you find crowns and diadems. The crowns speak of his constitutional monarchy and his diadem of his absolute power. The crown speaks of his conquering of sin and Satan and the diadems speak of him as having no rivals. When King David conquered an enemy, he took a crown of pure gold and precious stones and placed it on his own head. When Ptolemy came marching into Antioch he came with two crowns, one of Asia and one of Egypt . In 1385 the Prince of Wales adopted the crown of King John of the bohemians after his victory in battle against him. But when King Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave, after he conquered sin on the cross of Calvary, he was crowned by God the Father as the King of the universe. Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” That says it all concerning the exaltation of the man Jesus to become the Lord of Glory and the reality and eternal nature of His kingdom.

          What does that mean to me in my daily life? It means that when a poor nitwit tells you that all religions are the same, you tell them that they are not and that you worship King Jesus for no religious leader or founder is like unto Him, to save, heal and deliver. When a poor misguided teacher tells you that all the founders of all religions are the same, you tell them that King Jesus is the king of the universe, with all power, glory and authority given to Him of the Heavenly Father and He alone reigns in the hearts of men and change a man and make him a totally new creation. When some unemployable person who uses the name ‘reverend’ before their name say to you or tell you that Jesus was merely a role model, you tell them that Jesus is the eternal king of the universe and without Him there is no forgiveness of sin, no life and no heaven, but only eternal damnation and fire. And if they really want to know more and ask further you can tell them that He is the king of the universe because He is superior in His nature for He is God who came in the flesh, He is infinite in His wisdom for He is the second person of the Godhead, that He is mighty in His majesty, He is perfect in His knowledge, He is complete in His power, He is pure in His character, He is majestic in His reign and righteous in His personality and He is merciful in His judgment and He is just in all His rulings. He is matchless in His sympathy, bountiful in His blessings, He is glorious in His splendor, impeccable in His reasoning, He is unique in His virgin birth, He is surpassing in His resurrection and He is from everlasting to everlasting.

          When we come to King Jesus in worship, our eyes should be upon Him, our focus and full attention upon Him, our desire for Him, and our love to Him, or hope in Him, our thankfulness to Him and worship of Him. Our problem is that we have lost the sense of awe of Jesus as Lord, Master and King and lost sight of His majesty. In the days of kings, when a king was crowned or when someone came into his presence, oh the pomp and how men gave him all their attention and bowed to him and how they focused only upon him and we have lost that. We have lost what it is to honor and be awed by a king and by majesty and we have demoted Jesus from the throne of the universe to our best buddy and friend.

          Some say that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a horse to manifest his humility. I have news for you. Jesus’ humility was never in question. The real reason that He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, actually a colt, the fowl of an ass, was first to fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah and to show that He was king and Messiah and it showed his power over nature, as the first Adam. That is why the Jewish leaders were furious with Jesus’ disciples. They were enraged, telling the disciples to shut up the people that were crying Hosanna. Why? Because the crowd and the disciples recognized that Jesus was the king and the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah and that is why they wanted to silence them. And so Jesus said, ‘If they are silent, the very rocks will cry out.’

          Zechariah 9:9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” The question is for you and I, is He your king. Is King Jesus the king of your life, and of my life? Is He the king of your business and your business dealings and king over your pocketbook? When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday before His death and resurrection, He entered as a king to present his peace treaty to humanity. Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself;” Then He paid the price of victory and on resurrection Sunday He got out of the grave that He might share his victory and life with all who would come to Him and come under His lordship. But it was on Palm Sunday that victory was already won, when he entered Jerusalem.

          When King Jesus is invited into your life and made Lord over your life, you will have difficulties, but not a defeated life. When King Jesus is invited to reign on the throne of your life you will not have a negative and cynical life, you will not live a confused and doubtful life. Because when King Jesus comes into your life He gives you His victory and makes it your victory, He makes you a partaker and participant of His victory.  We need to allow Him to come and sit on the throne of our hearts and stop playing church and playing Christianity. That is not where it is and what it is all about. He is king but it is up to you and your decision to enthrone Him upon the throne of your life.

          Ephesians 1:3-12Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

          Sooner or later king Jesus who is reigning over the hearts of His subjects here which we experience by faith will come back and be the ruling monarch and we will see it with our eyes but no one can experience the rule and reign of God physically without first experiencing the rule and reign of Jesus Christ personally now in their hearts, in this life.

Sentimentally of the media tells us that all men, when they die go to heaven. Give me a break? You better not believe such fairy tales and dreams and lies of men who don’t want to accept that there is a God who will righteously judge all men and that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). If you will not have Jesus as the king of your life here and now in this life, how can you expect to have Him as the king of your life for all eternity? It is only when you make Him the king of your life now, that He can be your king for all eternity.  

          1 Timothy 6:14-16That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” Jesus is the only true potentate for He reigns over all the kings of the earth and alone hath immortality that no man has and His glory, honor and power is far superior than that of any king who is but a man.

          Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

          Yes, Jesus is a different kind of king than any earthly king, because He came from Heaven, from the throne of the universe, to take on the form of man and walk among men to show us the Father and bring us His salvation. He was that Word of God made flesh. That is why there is no other king like unto King Jesus.

          John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

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