Christ the King

Jenny ThompsonPosted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Jenny Thompson

Psalm 72:1-7 and John 18:33-37

Introduction

As Christians, most of us have understood that Jesus has three offices.

  • He is our Prophet who fulfils the Old Testament and reveals the truth about God in the New Testament
  • He is our Priest because He offered himself as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins
  • He is our King, the lawgiver who protects and rules

So today, we are focusing on the glorious truth that He rules over all!

As well as knowing the truth that He rules over everything, we must also remember that Jesus is King because He is a servant to all.

Jesus’ kingship is one of power and might, but also humility. Jesus is the king of kings and the Lord of Lords, as we find so beautifully expressed in the book of Revelation.

His reign began before the creation of the world and mankind, and will continue on forever and forever! It is so good for us to remind ourselves of this glorious truth!

There is no power that is greater. He will never abdicate the throne or fall of it! No-one will ever usurp it! He reigns, end of!

He is Christ the King and no other!

Kings and Queens are not permanent in their positions, but He is! He is utterly trustworthy and dependable at all times. Even through the bad times in our lives.

How we respond during the difficult times is an indicator of how much we truly know Him as the monarch in our hearts!

Psalm 72:1-7

So the name of Solomon is associated with this Psalm and it is quite possible that this sacred song was premiered on the occasion of his coronation.

Here we see a couple of analogies between Jesus Christ and Solomon. As we look at this psalm, let’s remember that righteousness is the key theme.

  1. Solomon had wisdom. In 1 Kings 4:29-30 we read,

    “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the east, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.”

    Referring to Jesus Christ, Colossians 2:3 reads,

    “…in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

  2. Solomon worked to build the temple in Jerusalem, just as Christ built the church, and of course is continuing to do so.

It is pretty certain that the title declares Solomon to be the author of this Psalm.

However, it would seem that David uttered it in prayer before he died. So it is suggested that the spirit and content of the psalm are David’s, but that he was too near the end of his life to actually write the words, or put the words together in intelligible sentences.

Solomon, therefore, caught his dying father’s song, and fashioned it into this beautiful psalm.

Amazingly, Solomon managed not to rob his father by making this psalm his own. Therefore we have the Prayer of David, but the Psalm of Solomon.

Jesus is here, beyond all doubt, in the glory of His reign, both as He now is, and as he shall be revealed in His future glory.

Verse 1: Solomon was both king and a king’s son; so also is our Lord Jesus Christ. He has power and authority in Himself and also royal dignity given of His Father.

He is the righteous king; in a word, He is,

“…the Lord our righteousness.”

Verse 2: How wonderful this is to feel that no one can suffer wrong in Christ’s Kingdom. He sits upon the great white throne, unspotted by a single deed of injustice, or even mistake of judgement.

Verse 3: Where Jesus is, there is peace – lasting, deep and eternal. Even those things which were once our dread and fear, lose all terror when Jesus is owned as the ruler of our hearts.

Verse 4: Oppressors have broken many, but their time of retribution will come and they will be broken themselves. Sin, satan and all our enemies will be crushed by the iron rod of King Jesus. We have, therefore, no cause to fear; but every reason to sing! Hallelujah!

Verse 5: His kingdom is no house of cards that will easily fall and crumble or dynasty of days. No, it is as lasting as the stars in heaven! Days and nights will cease before He abdicates His throne.

The sun and moon will not fail in their radiance. There are no signs of decay in the Kingdom of Jesus; on the contrary, it is in its youth!

Verse 6: He refreshes the weary and wounded among us His people, and makes us spring up into newness of life! The Lord wants to do this among us!

Come Holy Spirit and pour the refreshing rain of your Holy Spirit upon us!

Verse 7: So under Jesus the godly find a happy shelter, and abundance of peace as long as the moon endures.

Where Jesus reigns, He is known as the true Melchizedek, king both of righteousness and peace.

So this psalm shows us that we believe in Christ as perfect God, and perfect man and perfect KING. So this psalm was penned by a King; it is dedicated to a King, and is chiefly intended concerning him who is ‘King of Kings.’

John 18:33-37

John, presents Jesus positively as the king of the Jews. In his responses to Pilate, Jesus clearly implies that he is a king but that his kingdom is not of this world.

Later in the story, John also has Pilate recognize and affirm that Jesus is the king of the Jews. Pilate writes a sign in three languages with the title, ‘The King of the Jews’.

When the chief priests come back and ask him to change the sign to read, “This man said ’I am the king of the Jews’ ”, Pilate refused.

The implication is that Jesus’ presence convinced Pilate that he was a king.

Pilate is the only Gentile who speaks in the entire Gospel of John. This is an indication that John is an overwhelmingly Jewish gospel addressed to Jews at the end of the first century. The dynamic of the conversation between Pilate and Jesus is therefore the dynamic of a conversation between a Jew and a Gentile who are, at some fundamental level, enemies.

Pilate’s tone in his questions is hostile. That probably changes in the course of his interrogation of Jesus.

Jesus’ first response to Pilate is to ask him another question. The tone of Jesus’ response implies no subordination, no begging and no pleading for His life.

Instead, Jesus interrogates Pilate. I love this! Pilate does not respond to his interrogation except indirectly,

“Well, I’m not a Jew.”

What is ‘the truth’ in the Gospel of John?

This question resonates back through the Gospel where Jesus says,

“I am the way, the truth and the life.”

“The law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

The truth then is the truth about Jesus, about who he is and what he accomplished on the cross. Salvation for all and for everyone who calls upon his glorious name!

So do we live our lives in such a way that we truly believe in our hearts that he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Maybe for some of us we are not sure? Or do we feel today that we are so spiritually dry?

If so, God wants to come and refresh us and revive us once again!

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