Good morning everyone; greetings in the Glorious Name of Jesus our King. What a wonderful opportunity we have to freely read and study God’s wonderful Word. All Praise and Glory to God in the highest! May the Holy Spirit bring the truth alive and comfort you in all that you are reading and studying. What a wonderful day that will be when we can safely gather together to worship and praise our Heaven Father again; the time is coming soon!
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:3-6) NLT
Colossians 1:11-23, Hebrews 1:1-14
So much joy has filled my heart over the past several years; seeking to know Jesus better, has been the most rewarding time ever. I have heard many people talk about Jesus; how He helps them in so many different ways; the list I could make is huge myself. We know Jesus brings clarity to living out the truths of Scripture. Jesus, the Messiah, clearly indicates that He was anointed or consecrated to His great redemptive work as Prophet for our lives.
Today we continue our adventure of the person of Christ Jesus as we look at Jesus as King. There are few, if any, non-believers who will say Jesus was/is King. Followers of Jesus, on the other hand, know Jesus as King above all kings. The title for king, as defined in the Scriptures, is often misunderstood; mostly because the men who were kings messed up, not all of them, many of them.
Their primary purpose of a king was to be servant of God and the people. They were to know, apply, and proclaim the law of God wisely, justly, and righteously (Deuteronomy 17, 1 Kings 3:25, 2 Chronicles 17:7). Above all the king was to be a representative of Jehovah, the true King of Israel (1 Samuel 10:1). Jesus as King completes these requirements perfectly. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
We find in the Scriptures the title King is applied to God (1 Timothy 1:17), and to Christ, the Son of God (1 Timothy 6:15,16; Matthew 27:11). (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary)
Jesus’ kingly office is described for us in Isaiah 9:1-7. All the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Kingdom of Heaven were all about Christ Jesus’ Kingly office. Jesus in every way from the beginning, today, and into eternity is King, King of all kings! (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, 19:16)
There are Prophesy of Jesus’ heir to the throne of David's Isaiah 11-12:1-3
He was to be born King Matthew 2:2
Therefore, He came into the world as a King Luke 1:32-33
He was rejected as King Mark 15:12-13
He died as King Matthew 27:37
He is coming again as King Revelation 19:16
Along with Jesus as King is the fact that He is also Teacher/Master. Much of a king’s reign was to be a teacher/master for God’s people; again, the king was supposed to be the representative of God the Father. Jesus, King, proclaims the Law perfectly. He demonstrates great wisdom, acts justly, and proclaims rightly the way to God the Father. For the Law is to show us our need for God, and Jesus fulfilled the Law completely by clarifying its purpose. Jesus provided for us a way to be reconciled unto God the Father. A wonderful example of the Kingly reign of Jesus are His actions as a shepherd.
God’s design for a shepherd, is not much different than His design for a king, in that both are about protection, guidance, and care. Jesus used the example of a shepherd to explain His rule and reign to His people. He explained His role as Shepherd and called Himself the “Good Shepherd.” (John 10:6-21).
A King, is the representative of God to the people, protecting, guiding and teaching: everything justly, rightly, and wisely. Jesus, our King, is the prefect representative of God the Father and reigns over all of heaven and earth. He has all authority (Matthew 28:18) and His rule and reign will never end (Isaiah 9:7). The rule and reign of Jesus, will always be characterized as one of truth and obedience, grace and compassion, mercy and care, and justice and love. By the way, this is very way we are called to live as children of the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is Jesus as King (Hebrews 5:6; 7:1; Revelation 11:15), who enables us to become heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven which He has established through His sacrificial death on the cross.
We have a King, who we can enthusiastically submit to, who we can trust, one who has invited us to talk to Him anytime we want to.
We have a King, one who is Love without any conditions, a King whose mercy is new every morning, and a King whose grace is sufficient for all our needs.
All praise and glory to God our Father, Christ Jesus our King, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter.
Question: After spending time, considering Jesus as Prophet and King (Priest will come next week) how does or should this knowledge affect the way you live out your Christian walk?
NOTE: Jesus explains the very nature of leadership for the New Testament Church Matthew 23:5-12; John 13:12-17. Through the life and teaching of Jesus we have the Way we live out life as the church. Jesus is the only King we have today, He is the only King we need!
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