Summary: The topic we are treating this week reveals Jesus to us in His kingly role with dominion, glory and power. It reveals to us the extent and duration of Jesus’ reign and the length and breadth of His possession. It also reveals to us those who will reign wi
KING OF KINGS
The topic we are treating this week reveals Jesus to us in His kingly role with dominion, glory and power. It reveals to us the extent and duration of Jesus’ reign and the length and breadth of His possession. It also reveals to us those who will reign with the Lord Jesus Christ: the faithful, the called and the chosen. We will be looking at this topic under five sub-titles. Before we go further, let us look at three scriptures: Daniel 7:13-14 says, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” I Timothy 6:15 says, “Which in his times, he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16; “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
PREDICTIONS OF HIS KINGSHIP IN THE BIBLE
There are so many passages in the Bible where the kingship of the Lord Jesus was predicted. In Genesis 49:10, Jacob, just before his death predicted that the sceptre shall not depart from Judah. He was the first to predict that a King will come out of Judah. In Numbers 24:17-19, Balaam the prophet was hired to curse the children of Israel, but the Bible says you cannot curse whom God has blessed. So, all his attempt to curse the children of Israel were turned to a blessing and towards the tail end of his service to Balak, he started prophesying and part of the prophecy he gave was that a sceptre or a ruler shall rise out of Judah who will smite the camp of Moab. He also talked about His dominion being an everlasting one.
Psalm 89:27 says, “Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.” Verse 29; “His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.” Verse 36; “His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.” Isaiah 9:6-7 says, “Unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders; his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, 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 for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Part of that prediction was recorded in Daniel 7: 13-14. In Matthew 2:11, one of the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men was gold. Gold is for royalty; it was a prediction of His future kingship. They also gave Him frankincense; the office of the priesthood and myrrh which was a symbol of His death. In Luke 1:32-33, the angels of the living God spoke to Mary and predicted the form of His government. It says, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.” Paul also predicted the coming of His kingdom in I Corinthians 15:24-28.
WHY DO WE CALL CHRIST THE KING OF KINGS?
We call Him the King of kings for the following reasons:
1. A king must have a throne- Jesus has a throne. (Revelation 3:21)
2. A King must have a crown - Jesus has a crown. In Revelation 6:2, reference was made to His crown. “And I saw and behold a white horse and he that sat on him has a bow and a crown was given unto him and he went forth conquering and to conquer.”
3. A king must have a sceptre: This is the staff of authority. Jesus has a staff of authority. Hebrews 1:8 tells us that Jesus has a sceptre of righteousness.
4. A king must have a sharp instrument of leadership. An instrument with which to lead because he is a defender of his people. In the case of Jesus, He has a sword. In Revelation 17:14, we are told that He fights war. “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”