Summary: A sermon on the exalted position of Jesus as the king of kings.
"Who Is This King of Glory?"
Introduction: The 24th Psalm of David is the third of a trilogy of compositions by David that are Messianic in their theme. Psalm 22 is about the Cross; 23 is about the shepherd's Crook and the 24th is about the Crown; it's about a king but not just any king, he is "the king of glory," and twice the question is asked, "who is this king?" Have you ever heard the expression, "It takes one to know one?" David was the greatest King in the history of Israel and we can be confident that he knows what he is talking about. Who is this king of glory?" He is described as...the Lord mighty and strong, and the Lord of hosts! Many commentators both old and new think that this Psalm speaks of the resurrection of our Lord, and is thus to be understood. It is easy to apply it in this way: Jesus has conquered sin, Satan, and death, by dying. He now rises from the dead; and, as a mighty Conqueror, claims an entrance into the realms of glory, the kingdom which he has purchased by his blood; there to appear ever in the presence of God for us, to which he purposes to raise finally the innumerable hosts of his followers; for in reference to these, He is the Lord of hosts; and, in reference to his victory, He is the Lord mighty in battle. Clarke's Commentary This Psalms is a song of praise to the King. It would be good for us to remember that this morning. The baby in a manger left a throne to come to earth. When He left earth at His ascension He returned to his rightful place on the throne at the right hand of the Father.
Few nations today are ruled by a king and if there is a monarchy it is usually a figurehead so it is difficult for us in our day to grasp this concept of an all-powerful ruling monarch who is above all and over all of creation. But it is critical that we do for Jesus Christ is prophet, priest and king. This morning I want you to know something about this King that makes Him different from all other kings. He is the preeminent one, the King of all Kings. This means that there is no one above Him and that brings me to my first point.
I. He is a Sovereign King
1 Timothy 6:13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time--he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. ESV
a. His sovereignty is universal
When we use the word sovereignty what we are saying is that this King is not just a ruler of all things, He is in absolute control of everything, everywhere!
Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ESV
1. His control is macrobial (the visible) and microbial (the invisible).
An average galaxy contains between 10 to the power of 11 and 10 to the power of 12 stars. In other words, galaxies, on average have between 100 billion and 1 trillion numbers of stars. Now, how many galaxies are there? Astronomers estimate that there are approximately 100 billion to 1 trillion galaxies in the Universe. So if you multiply those two numbers together, you get between 10 to the power of 22 and 10 to the power of 24 stars in the Universe. How many stars? There are between 10 sextillion and 1 septillion stars in the Universe. That's a large number of stars.
On the other hand this King is in control of the microscopic world as well. Just take the human body for instance...
How many cells make up your body? It's actually not all that easy to answer that simple question. But recently, scientists have made a pretty good effort. And their final count is...37.2 trillion. The Smithsonian magazine Little wonder that the Psalmist declares that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made!"
b. His sovereignty is unilateral
This means that because this King is all-powerful that He is able to act on His own without a "by your leave" from anyone. He acts on His own prerogative. He doesn't need anyone permission to do what he does.