No King But King Jesus

On Dec. 26, 2016 Prophecy Central posted this link:

RNC clarifies part of Christmas message after social media criticism

Republican Chairman Reince Priebus issued a brief statement about Christmas. He said that new hope was born into the world more than two thousand years ago…

“… a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”

The comment was criticized on social media, thinking that he was suggesting that President-elect Trump will be a new king. However, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said that the reference was not about Trump, but about Christ. He told CNN, “Christ is the King in the Christian faith.”

 This is a reminder of the beliefs of America’s Founders, and the loyal, God-fearing patriots of that amazing era. American History expert David Barton wrote that one inspiring motto of the Revolutionary War was,

                                     “No King but King Jesus!”

The kingship of Jesus Christ is also a major topic of Bible Prophecy.  Here are some of our commentary notes from the last book of the Bible: The Revelation of Jesus Christ…

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. – Revelation 1:5

Jesus is said to be “the ruler over the kings of the earth.” This is primarily a preview of His glorious return, which will be mentioned in verse 7, and described more fully in chapter nineteen. When He comes to Earth again, it will be as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:11-16).

In one sense Jesus already rules over the kings of the Earth, and in another way He is not yet “King of Kings” the way He will be at His second coming. You might remember that during His temptation, the Devil offered to give Him the earthly kingdoms if He would just worship him (Matthew 4:9-10). He could make that offer because on our sin-corrupted planet, evil is thriving. That is why the Devil is called the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), and the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). There is no comparison between the evil empires of this world system and the future righteous kingdom Jesus will establish. On the other hand, as God the Son, He is still sovereign over His creation. God does set a limit of what He will allow. Psalm 75:7 says, “But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”

Jesus had told his Disciples that the Kingdom of Heaven was “at hand” (Matthew 4:17). He knew his offer to be King at His triumphal entry would be rejected. Nevertheless, He will come in great glory in the future to establish it (Luke 21:25-31; 22:18, 30). In Acts 1:6 they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He told them they couldn’t know the time, but when the Holy Spirit would come, He would enable them to be witnesses to the whole earth.

Evidently the Kingdom would not yet be established at that time. He would not yet reign on earth, and the Disciples would not yet reign with Him, but they would spread the message of the Kingdom, even as He had been doing.

That is why Jesus taught us to pray “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as [it is] in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). We still pray that way because even though His Kingdom does already exist in Heaven, and He is our King already, it still has not yet been established here on earth.

Jesus told Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36-37).

Born-again Christians are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven (Philippians 3:20). However, we are also citizens of our earthly nations. That’s why Jesus told His disciples,

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”- Matthew 22:21

While we are here we are ambassadors, representing Christ and His Kingdom.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

During this time, we establish outposts of the Kingdom in our homes, churches, missions, and other Christian enterprises. We seek constantly to gain new members of the Kingdom by following His example of ministering to their needs and giving them the Gospel. There is much “Kingdom work” to do now even though it has not yet been established on earth.

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