Summary: A sermon examining the fact that Jesus is not only Savior, but King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Long Live The King
On January 20th 1936, King George V of England died... he was succeeded by his son who then became King Edward VIII.When King George died the people proclaimed "The king is dead; long live the king!" They chanted this because, though one king had died, another king ascended to the throne to take his place.
Almost 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ stood before Pilot and was condemned to die. He was brutally beaten & scourged. He was stripped of His clothes and they cast lots for His vesture. A Roman soldier in a shameful gambling game won that bloodstained garment that had clothed the King. After this they covered Jesus with a scarlet robe. Someone formed a crown of thorns and they violently shoved it into His brow. They placed a reed in his right hand and mockingly bowed before him saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then He ascended a hill called Golgotha carrying an old wooden Cross. There they nailed Him to that cross. Long spikes were driven through His precious hands and feet. Above His head was a placard that read " THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS"
A great crowd of people gathered to watch these horrific sights. Those that passed by despised him. They wagged their heads and said "if you are truly the Son of God save yourself, come off of that cross! The chief priests mocked him, The crowd ridiculed Him. The soldiers blasphemed His name. The scribes and elders said "If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God."
As Jesus hung there suffering for the sins of the world...This crowd blasphemously cried "hail, the King of the Jews". Sadly, these people did not know the truth they were speaking. They did not realize that there will come a day when they see Him for Who He Is! They did not know that some time in the future they will humbly bow and worship Him.
The Bible says that "every knee will bow and every tongue will confess". Though they mocked Him then, the day is coming when they will proclaim "LONG LIVE THE KING"!
My friend you may reject Him now. But one day you too will bow and you will confess that JESUS IS LORD!! I would like to consider that fact today and preach on the thought "LONG LIVE THE KING!!"
We know that Jesus is our Savior, He is our Friend, He is our Lord And He is our King. But not only is He our Lord and King... Revelation 19:16 says that He is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS! This is not some future position that He will eventually attain, this is an honor that He already possesses! In Revelation 1:8 Jesus said to John - "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
In John 15:13 Jesus called us His friends. What an honor it is to be called the friend of the King. How awesome is it to know that what He did, He did for us! I would like to take some time and examine what the King did for us. Look with me to Philippians 2:5-8 as we consider:
I. The Work Of The King - The true King died on a Hill called Calvary. They placed his body in a borrowed tomb. His enemies proclaimed that He was dead. But 3 days later He rose in victory and today I can boldly say "The King Is Alive...LONG LIVE THE KING!!" As we consider His work we see that:
A. His Work Was Supernatural - - v5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
In the beginning God made man in His image (Genesis 1:26). When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God made Himself in man’s image! He left the glories of Heaven and took on a robe of flesh. Jesus "made Himself of no reputation", this literally means “to empty”. Jesus voluntarily laid aside some of His divine attributes when He came into this world. He "took upon Him the form of a servant"
For all appearances, Jesus would have passed for a slave. - Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.