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The King of Kings part 1

POSTED: May 11, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There are religions that teach that Christ has not yet set up his kingdom, yet the Bible plainly shows that the kingdom has been established and that Christ is sitting on his throne.

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter proclaimed, "Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;" (Acts 2:30).

Paul, in his letter to the Colossian brethren, told of how Christ had "delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Col. 1:13).

Christ, reigning as King, was proclaimed by the prophets and fulfilled when he ascended back to heaven. In the book of Daniel, the establishment of an everlasting kingdom was foretold.

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever" (Daniel 2:44).

The former verse was part of Daniel’s interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The kingdoms seen in the dream were Babylon, Medo Persia, the Grecian Empire and the Roman Empire. Daniel continues in chapter seven with the prophecy of Christ: Christ being given dominion, glory, and a kingdom (13, 14), that shall not be destroyed.

Isaiah also foretold of the one to be given by God to man, "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, Counselor, 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 forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this" (Isaiah 9:6-7).

The idea of him being on the throne of David shows this was to be a spiritual kingdom based upon passages about the descendants of David (Jeremiah 22:30). No descendent of Coniah would sit on David’s throne ruling in Judah. Christ, of the tribe of Judah, sits on his throne in Heaven, not on Earth.

In fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of a virgin bringing forth a son (Isaiah 7:14), Mary did just that. Mary had been told by the angel, Gabriel, that the virgin birth would happen and that she should not fear the coming event (Luke 1:26-35). Mary questioned how this could be and was told she would conceive by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).

When Christ’s birth occurred, wise men sought him in order to worship him saying, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him" (Matthew 2:2).

While most kings take their throne amid pomp and circumstance, Christ’s road to the throne was filled with physical pain and suffering. He left Heaven to come to Earth in the form of man to become a servant to mankind (Phil. 2:6-8). As he began his ministry, Christ knew the path to his throne was one of humiliation and pain, yet his great love for mankind kept him on the path (Hebrews 12:2).

Christ did not live in the luxury; had no mansion. In fact, it was said that Christ did not even have a place to lay his head (Luke 9:58). He traveled from place to place teaching, healing the sick and doing good (Acts 10:38).

Next week we will finish our look at the King of Kings.

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