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Jesus Is King?

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"Jesus is King" is the core confession of the Christian faith.  It is more than a catchphrase; it is to be a living reality in our lives and our world.  Jesus did not die on the cross and rise from the dead to be a nice idea or to get people to heaven.  He came to be King of kings and Lord of lords.

“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”  Rev. 17:14, NIV

The Lamb represents Jesus, and Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.  It’s an easy phrase to say, but what does it mean?  A King implies a kingdom, laws, allegiance and an adjustment of priorities.  These ideas may seem old-fashioned in our modern society, focused on independence and self-will.  But to the Christian, they are central.  Jesus is the Saviour and Lord [King].  He is both or neither.

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It’s easy to hold the picture of Jesus as King as an ideal in our lives, but do we practice it?  That is the real question.  This is not some figurative expression, but it is intended to be a living reality in our lives.  Jesus is to be the “Boss.”

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When we consider whether Jesus is King in our lives, we have to consider how we prioritize Him in our family, our jobs, our goals and even how we spend our ‘free’ time.  Is every aspect of our lives brought under the rulership of the Lord Jesus?  

We must remember that, as King, Jesus does not make suggestions.  His every Word from Genesis to Revelation is the Law of His Kingdom.  If we want to know how to live pleasing to Him, if we’re going to learn how to live a kingdom lifestyle, we must know the Word of God.  This is one reason why studying Biblical Law is so important.  We must know the Laws of the Kingdom before we can obey them.  This is not a legalistic duty but a joy to true sons and daughters of the kingdom of God.  Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 that His yoke was easy and His burden was light.  We recognize that every word, thought and action matters to Him.  We trust His promise that a life of obedience leads to true fulfillment and joy in this life and eternal life in the next one.

Does this mean that we walk in perfect obedience?  Does this mean that God is the angry Judge that some envision Him to be?  Not at all.  We fail.  None of us can live up to the perfect standard of the Kingdom of God.  That is why we need a Saviour!  When we fail, we run to Jesus, ask and receive His forgiveness and then continue on.  We are all a work in progress.  But there is a vast difference between the person who submits to King Jesus imperfectly and the person who is in defiant rebellion against His authority.

Jesus Is King Over All

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Jesus is King is a personal declaration, but it is much more than that.  Have you ever wondered why the Romans persecuted the Christians?  Rome had an amazing tolerance for other religions, but they insisted that everyone acknowledge that Caesar was supreme.  Christians declared that Jesus is King.  While they respected the heathen authority of Rome, they taught that Jesus is supreme and even Caesar needed to bow his knee before King Jesus.  Rome would not accept that, and the Christians would not compromise, so there was a clash of kingdoms where there could be only one victor.  The Roman Empire doesn’t exist today, while the Kingdom of God continues expanding.  

Modern presidents, prime ministers and kings desire to be gods.  Their goal is to control life from the cradle to the grave.  A few may give lip service to King Jesus, but few bend their knee before Him.  Once again, there is a clash of kingdoms, and there will be only one victor.  Declaring that Jesus is King takes countercultural courage, but Christians dare not compromise the core confession of the Christian faith.  When the dust of history clears, Jesus will stand as the Victor, and even those who opposed Him will bow before Him.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?  If not, now is the time.  Tell Him you’re sorry for your sins, and ask Him to forgive you and become your Saviour and King.  Bend your knee before Him.  He will hear you and be delighted to make you a friend of God.  And if you have been deceived into thinking you can have Jesus as Saviour without submitting to Him as Lord, repent, change your thinking and obey His Law-Word.

Note:  Ideas, research and/or editing of the article were assisted by GPT-4 [a large-scale language-generation model] from Open AI accessed through SBI's TAI.  However, a human being wrote it - Glenn Davis.

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