The King Who Reigns Forever
The Bible tells us that Jesus came to rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim.6:15). But there have always been those who would not have Him reign over them. This was true throughout His time on earth – and it remains true today.
When Jesus was born, King Herod could not stand the thought of a rival of Christ’s stature. So, he tried to do away with Him by slaughtering all the male babies who were two years old and under. Christ escaped this destruction because His parents fled with Him to Egypt (Mt.2).
When Jesus came to the close of His ministry on earth, there were also those who wanted to do away with Him. Because of Jesus’ popularity, the Pharisees, chief priests, scribes, and leading men of the city all were trying to destroy Him (Lk.19:47). Eventually, they succeeded.
By bringing Him before Pilate on trumped up charges, those who conspired against Him were able to get a hearing. Pilate found no guilt in Him, and tried to get him released. But the crowd demanded that a murderer named Barabbas be released instead of Jesus. When Pilate asked, “Then what shall I do with Jesus?” they all said, “Crucify Him!” (Mt.27:22). And crucified He was.
But this was not the end of Christ’s Kingship. It was part of the Father’s divine plan to bring redemption to the human race.
Christ had to die to pay the penalty for sin, but God raised Him from the dead to rule over a new humanity. As the Bible puts it, “He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet” (Heb.10:13).
Jesus proved that He does indeed reign by fulfilling a prophecy He made shortly before His death.
Jesus foretold that within a generation not a stone of the temple would be left upon another as a judgment on those who rejected Him as King (Mt.24:2,34;27:25). This was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D.
Despite the reign of the resurrected Christ, there are still those who will not have Him rule over them. They would rather trust in earthly kings or themselves.
The prophet Samuel warned against this when he stated that those who put their hope in an earthly king will find that war, taxes, and loss of prosperity will all increase as the people become servants of the state (1 Sam.8:10ff.).
There’s a lesson here for us. In our own day people are becoming weary of perpetual war, growing taxation, and a continued loss of prosperity. But in order for things to change, we need to have our hope in the right place. It can’t be in the messianic state. It must be in the resurrected Lord.
Of course, for this to come about we must have the desire to have Him as our King, and live before Him in a way that is responsible and free.
Unfortunately, that is not something that we can assume people generally want. May God give His grace so that hearts would change.