Jesus, Our KingBro. David Chancellor
7/31/2005 11:00 AM
Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Pilate asked Jesus whether or not he was a king. He asked him, "Are you a king?" Not everyone gets to be king of a nation. Many kings in history did not live up to what they said was their "divine appointment." Pilate asked the question to protect himself from Caesar. He didn’t protect himself from God, though. Jesus is king of a spiritual kingdom. All those that turn to God are part of this kingdom, regardless of where they may physically live.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth…" Jesus has power over everything, and he still rules over the affairs of men. God has power to work in our lives. He has the power to change our hearts and lives. He is king because he has power in heaven and in earth.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Christ not only has the power, but he also uses it. "He’s reigning in our hearts today…" Christ came and accomplished what he came to do. He didn’t just come and die; he came and took his power, and rose again. He gained victory over death. We can have victory over death, too.
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord. Behold, 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.
There were some that had served with their own purpose and goals. God put an end to it then, and it is behavior that displeases him today. This prophecy refers to Christ, and what he would do. He came to be our righteousness. He came to rule the heart that was unruly and unruleable.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Jesus came as a child and walked among men. He experienced what we have experienced. He came to bring peace and order to our lives. His judgment helps us to understand right and wrong. He teaches us true justice. Why wouldn’t we want to have a king like that?
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
This describes Jesus as the "King of saints." If you come to him, and serve him, he can be your king, too. He came and brought us what is right. When Jesus comes to you, you have a real love, care, and concern for others.
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.
"…he is Lord of lords, and King of kings…" He is higher than all others. He is the one to whom our allegiance is due. The disciples told the rulers of their day, "We ought to obey God rather than men." Their goal wasn’t to overturn the rulers. They admonished obedience to civil law, so long as it wasn’t contrary to God’s. We have been made kings and priests, but we are still under Christ. We have been called and chosen, and must remain faithful. These are qualities of the saints.
Christ is able to reign and rule, and he doesn’t need anyone to take his place. He knows whose side every person is on.
1 Timothy 6:13-16
I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which in his time he shall shew, 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.
Paul gave Timothy a charge: to be faithful and to walk where and as he should. Jesus showed Pilate that he was a king, and then allowed himself to be put on a cross. He showed that you can stand for the right, even when a great wrong is being done to you. We can be faithful because he was faithful. We don’t seek out trouble, but if it comes, we’ll go on through. Fight the good fight all the way to the end. Christ is the only King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is the only one who could lay down his life and take it back again.
"…dwelling in the light that no man can approach unto…" We cannot be equal to Jesus. He is our King and Lord. We answer to him. He is consistent - the same yesterday, and today, and forever. He is faithful. Stick with Jesus. He is the one in control down here. His kingdom will stand.