Jesus is the King

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”
(Matthew 1:17-20)

Jesus Christ is our King. He destroys the devil (the ruler of this world) and saves us because He is King. Acts 10:38 says, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus became King this way because God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power.

When we call Jesus “Lord,” we recognize Him as our King. When we call Jesus “Christ,” we recognize Him as our King. Since He is our King, He rules and governs us. When we confess “Jesus is Christ,” we are confessing, “I belong to Jesus and absolutely submit to Him.” We recognize Jesus’ royal authority. If we call Jesus “Christ” but do not submit to Him, we are contradicting ourselves.

Jesus is our King who has saved us. In the past, we belonged to the devil. He is the ruler of this world. Because the devil is the power of death, all that is left for those who dwell in him are curses and destruction. Jesus is now our King, so He saves and rules us. We must clearly decide whether we will belong to Jesus (who is King of kings) or belong to the devil (who is the ruler of this world).

When we confess, “Jesus is Christ,” we are confessing, “Jesus is my Master! Jesus is my King!” The person who accepts Jesus as King no longer needs to be controlled by the ruler of this world. Many refer to Jesus as Christ and still place one foot in the kingdom controlled by the ruler of this world. They come to church on the Lord’s Day and say, “Jesus is Christ!” When the service finishes, they go back to the world and listen to its ruler. You must be clear about who you serve as king.

When Jesus went to Jerusalem ahead of His death, His disciples competed to lay down their lives for Him. Those who followed Jesus but did not know why He had to die abandoned Him and fled without exception. In the same way, many people today say “Jesus is Christ” but cannot experience a clear change in their status. They are still oppressed by the devil and afraid of demons. When we clearly know that Jesus is Christ, Lord, and King, we will not stumble by any of the devil’s tricks.

As the Lord said, “Eat My flesh! Drink My blood!” we ate and drank the flesh and blood of Christ. He came into the royal family of Israel. He is King of kings. He gave us His flesh and blood, poured out His spirit, put His name in us, and gave us the right to become God’s children. With this, we become heirs to receive an inheritance with Christ and reign forever with Him. Christ is King of kings. Revelation 20:6 says, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years,” and Revelation 22:5 says, “And they shall reign forever and ever.”

We believe Jesus is King. The expressions “Jesus, Son of David” and “Christ Jesus” all mean “Jesus is King.” The expression “Jesus Christ” is a type of faith confession. Jesus is Christ, that is, anointed as Prophet, High Priest and King. We should perfectly submit to Him and be used by Him.

Ezekiel 44:1-3 says, “Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. And the Lord said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. As for the prince, because he is the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way.”” This prophecy tells us that when the King enters Jerusalem, the gate will be shut and afterwards no one can enter through it. This was completely fulfilled through Jesus.

When Jesus rode a donkey and entered Jerusalem, people met Him while holding palm trees branches and shouted,

‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!” (Jn 12:13).

It was the first time so many people called Jesus the King. Jesus went through the gate of Jerusalem. This was the gate near the hill east of Zion. Two thousand years have passed and we can discover these amazing truths. All the other gates of Jerusalem are open, but the eastern door used by Jesus was later firmly blocked by stone walls.

Jesus is truly King. He rode a donkey, past the east gate, and entered Jerusalem. He broke bread with His disciples and was afterwards crucified. The prophet Ezekiel prophesied that the King would enter the east gate of Jerusalem. Five hundred years later, it was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. ‘Jesus is our King’ is not just a subjective faith confession or abstract idea—it was proven through history.

Those who serve Jesus as King have God’s promises. Psalms 84:1-3 says,

“How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.”

As the sparrow finds a home and the swallow finds a nest for her young on the Lord’s altar, those who serve Jesus as King will prosper in their deeds. But how can those who do not serve God as King and grumble at Him, doubt Him and ignore Him, expect their prayers to be conveyed and answered? Jesus is Christ and our King. For our faith confession to be sincere, we must serve Him as King.

in LET US KNOW JESUS, Chapter 15 “Jesus is the King.”