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Born to be King (December 2018)

BORN ON EARTH

As God, Jesus has always existed. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. He was born of flesh into the royal line of King David. His Kingdom is everlasting.

‘In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.’ John 1. 1-5, 14

‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might 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.’ Isiah 9.2, 6-7

‘… his name is called The Word of God…..And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’ Revelation 19.3,16


BORN TO REIGN

King: ruler of a nation or territory; often inherited and ruler for life.

Jesus was born King of the Jews. ‘…there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?’ Matthew 2.2

Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God. ‘Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.’ Mark 1.14-15

Jesus died a King. ‘And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS…Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.’ Mark 15.24-26,32

Jesus will return to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. ‘That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords:’ 1 Timothy 6.15 (Rev. 19.3,16).


KINGDOM OF GOD

Definition: the rule of an eternal, sovereign God over all the universe.
In John 18, Pilate asks Jesus, ‘Art thou the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.’

Pilate told the people that he found no fault in Jesus. He asked them, ‘What shall I do then with Jesus which is called the Christ?’ Matthew 27.22. The people called for His crucifixion, claiming that Jesus had broken a religious law by proclaiming himself the Son of God. Pilate argued again, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ (Jn19.15) The people also were later unhappy with Pilate’s sign on the cross which proclaimed
‘JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.’

*John the Baptist proclaimed the ‘kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
*The Kingdom of God is a central theme to Jesus’ teachings. (Mark 1.15, Matthew 5 Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6.33, Matthew 13 etc) Jesus told the truth-seeking Nicodemus ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ John 3.3
‘Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ Matthew 25:34
* The repentant thief on the cross asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. Luke 23.42
*Joseph of Arimathea was said to be a man who ‘himself waited for the kingdom of God.’ Luke 23:51
*Apostle Paul gave his life ‘preaching the kingdom of God’ (Acts 28.31).
Even today, we see two responses to the idea of the Kingdom of God. Those who believe by faith in the truth are accepting and joyful, while those who resist stand in opposition to God’s rightful King.

****** Thy Kingdom Come ******


WORSHIP THE KING

"O Worship the King"? by Robert Grant?

O worship the King,?All glorious above,? O gratefully sing?God’s power and God’s love; ?Our Shield and Defender,? The Ancient of Days,?Pavilioned in splendor,?And girded with praise.

Psalm 104, Psalm 84:9,
Daniel 7:19, 13, 22

As Christians, we wouldn’t think to worship an earthly ruler. We respect positions of leadership but our devotion and ultimate loyalty is reserved for a Higher Person. When we realise what the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Messiah means to us personally, we don’t feel a reservation about giving praise and honour where it is due. The wise men bowed before the baby Jesus, giving him respect and reverence. We must be careful to not give the worship due to Jesus to any other. Angels rebuked anyone who attempted to worship them. The Apostles also stopped people that tried to worship them. Jesus never rebuked anyone that worshipped Him because He is God and therefore worthy. We mustn’t give our worship away to any mere human. That being said, what a great feeling it is to humble our hearts and come into the actual presence of God with sincere worship, awe and love. That’s a worthy gift to give The King.


BOW TO THE KING

As previously discussed, Jesus has always existed. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. He was born of flesh into the royal line of King David, yet His Kingdom is everlasting. The earth and all people are created by Him. He is our God and we are His people.

Imagine, if those are your beliefs, what it would be like to kneel to the King in homage as His subject, in worship as His creation. The journey of the wise men is recorded for all time in God’s Word because they sought Him and worshipped Him. ‘And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him….’ Matthew 2.10

‘O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not year heart…’
Psalms 95.1-8