Summary: Jesus Christ is the King of kings, but He also wants to be the King of our lives.
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KING OF KINGS
When I say “the King,” who comes to mind? Elvis Presley? Elvis is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll.” He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. He was nominated for 14 Grammy awards. At age 36, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been inducted into four music halls of fame. To many, Elvis was “the King.”
ILLUSTRATION: “Elvis Is the King” banner.
Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but Jesus Christ is the King of Kings.
• He was BORN as a King. The wise men: “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). Gabriel to Mary: “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:32-33).
• He was CELEBRATED as a King. The triumphal entry: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38).
• He was ACCUSED as a King. Jesus’ enemies to Pilate: “[He] claims to Christ, a king” (Luke 23:2). Pilate to Jesus: “Are you the king of the Jews?” (John 18:33). Jesus to Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 19:36). Jesus to Pilate: “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born” (John 19:37).
• He was MOCKED as a King. “[The Roman soldiers] stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’” (Matthew 27:28-29).
• He was CRUCIFIED as a King. “Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Matthew 27:37).
• He was RAISED as a King. “[The Father] raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:20).
• He will RETURN as a King.
They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is the Lord of lords and the King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers (Revelation 17:14).
Revelation is a book of prophecy. It was written by the apostle John, probably near the end of the first century. This was a time when believers were beginning to face opposition from the Roman government. Revelation reveals that the world will continue to oppose God and His people throughout this present age until Christ returns.
Jesus will return as the King of kings, but right now He wants to be the King of our lives.
KING OF OUR LIVES
How can we make Jesus the King of our lives? Here’s one way: We can FOLLOW Him. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’” (Luke 9:23).
To “follow” Jesus means:
• Obey Him. A king expects obedience from his followers. We need to say, “I am not the king.” The first act of obedience is to put your faith in Him for salvation.
• Imitate Him.
ILLUSTRATION: Elvis impersonators.
Why is Jesus worthy to be the King of our lives?
Revelation 17:14 gives us three reasons why Jesus Christ is worthy to be the King of our lives:
1. Jesus is the COURAGEOUS King.
They will make war against the Lamb.
“They” are the “ten kings” of v. 12. Somehow Satan will move them to “make war” against “the Lamb.” “Lamb” is the most common title for Jesus in Revelation (used 28 times). This battle is commonly referred to as the “Battle of Armageddon.”
“Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain” (Revelation 5:5-6). The Lion is a Lamb! A lion is an animal of strength (“king of the beasts”). A lamb is an animal of vulnerability. The Greek word for “Lamb” is arnion, which means “a little lamb.”
He is the LAMB who was SLAIN for our sin.
ILLUSTRATION: Prince Charles reports for duty.
ILLUSTRATION: Death of Elvis (Aug. 16, 1977; 42 years old; found on his bathroom floor; overweight; addicted to pain killers).