For those of us living in a democracy, it’s a little hard to grasp the role and authority that Jesus has as King of the world.
If we think back to the fairytales we heard as children, we might recall an old man in a story – usually the father of a prince or princess who was the object of the story – who ruled as king. Everyone in the kingdom did what the king said.
Some kings were good and kind, others were mean and greedy.
We try to apply our fairy tale understanding of a king to the British royals, but their reign – along with other present-day monarchies – is constitutional in nature. There are few monarchs with absolute power and political reign. So our point of comparison is found lacking.
Considering Jesus as King of the world is not easy to fully understand. We rely on the Holy Spirit to give us all spiritual wisdom and understanding and turn to Scripture for clues.
One way that Jesus is revealed in the Bible as King is through His sovereignty.
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, sovereignty means supreme power or authority. To be sovereign means to have undisputed dominance, to be excellent, absolute, or royal.
When you consider Jesus – especially at this time of year – do you think of Him as one with undisputed dominance?
Again, in this series we’re looking beyond the manger and straight into the impact and influence that Christ has on our daily lives.
Do you see Him as King of the world?
King of your life?
King of your heart?
If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to introduce you to a few of my favorite Bible verses that emphasize the sovereignty of the Lord, and then I’ll share how their revelation impacts me personally.
As we pause to reflect on Jesus this season, my hope is that this gaze into His character will inspire you to embrace more of His nature as King.
Before we examine His sovereignty, however, I’d like to remind you of a couple of important points:
- He is a God of love. I wrote about His love for the world in my last post. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so here before going forward. Gaining a deeper understanding of His love will help us embrace His sovereignty in our own lives.
- The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word – Hebrews 1:3 (HCSB). When we look at God we see Christ and by looking at Christ we see the Father. Also consider Colossians 1:15 which says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God.
What Scripture Reveals about Jesus as King of the World
1 Chronicles 29:11-12
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all (HCSB).
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this passage. It’s a beautiful description of sovereignty – beyond any annotation I’ve seen in a dictionary. It just goes on and on with the awesome portrayal of Who God is as King.
Here’s how the passage translates to my personal life:
- Everything belongs to God. Everything. My money isn’t mine. My house isn’t mine. My kids aren’t mine. Even my husband isn’t mine. They all belong to God. He holds dominion and authority over them and, since He always works for our good and His glory, I can trust (and stop worrying about) what will become of them as individuals and of our family.
- Riches and honor come from Him. His hand makes great and gives strength. Those financial concerns that pop up – especially this time of year – are under His authority too. He will work out all the details and provide all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.
I’d love for you to read this heart-touching commentary on what it means for God to provide for us according to His riches:
“Christ does not say out of His riches, but according to His riches. Let me explain. If I were to give you a dollar, I would be giving you out of my riches. But if I were to hand you a blank check with my signature affixed for you to use as you will, I would be giving to you according to my riches. God offers us His grace according to His rich supply.” (Hawkins, O. S.. The Joshua Code (52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know) (p. 141). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition).
God’s provision and His authority are without limit, so I can trust He will care for my every need and concern. His provision may not look exactly as I’d hoped or planned, but He will provide without lack. What a tremendous gift from our Heavenly King!
Consider the next verse:
The Lord of Hosts has sworn:
As I have purposed, so it will be;
as I have planned it, so it will happen (HCSB).
Here’s how this verse encourages me personally:
- God’s plans cannot be thwarted. Not by the enemy of our souls, not by our government, not by worldwide moral decay. His plan is perfect and I need not fret about the future. He holds it all in the palm of His hand.
- Since God’s plans can’t be thwarted, I certainly can’t disrupt them either. When I blow it big-time, when I make mistakes that seem monumental, He is still King. He still reigns. He still loves with an everlasting love, and His purpose and plans will be accomplished. I believe there is a mom among us who needs to hear this today: You have not ruined your child or wrecked his chances for a happy, successful life. God not only sees your mistakes; He was with you when you made them – and He has already redeemed them for His glory. He uses every moment, every tear, every hardship and celebration, to accomplish His will.
The God who made the world and everything in it —He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (HCSB).
The blessing I take:
We’re appointed. You. Me. In our current role as _____ (fill in as many blanks as you need), we’re exactly where He wants us. We have a Kingdom assignment here – in the season and place of our lives. It’s not a mistake – it’s a King-appointed assignment that we’re called to fulfill. He doesn’t need our help, yet He welcomes our involvement. There is no pressure to perform, only to seek His will in our day to day and walk in step with His Holy Spirit.
- Even if you feel stuck in a loveless marriage, God has a purpose.
- Even if your job disgusts you, God is accomplishing His ways through you.
- Even if your kids don’t respect you, you are showing them Christ.
- Even if you feel you have nothing to offer, God whispers the truth of who you are to Him and makes you mighty for Him.
- Even if you’re overcome with grief, God is alongside you, comforting you and preparing the path to glory.
The King’s Eternal Reign
The rule and reign of Jesus have no end. Accordingly (in all honesty) I struggle to end this post. We could examine His sovereignty, His power, and authority, His rule and reign for days and days. If you’re hungry for more, dig into your Bible concordance or even Google some of the terms and phrases to discover more about His Kingship. Meditate on His word as truth, paying close attention to the spiritual and natural responses that you have toward each truth that He reveals.
We serve a King who is approachable and available to us. He has a plan – and it’s a good plan – for our lives. Let’s renew our commitment to follow Him wholeheartedly and trust that He will order our steps and accomplish His great purpose for us – because of the depth of His love for His children.
I pray your Christmas was beautiful and merry, and that the joy of the Lord – His light, His love, and His Kingship will continue to bless you throughout the new year.
1 Timothy 6:15-16
He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; no one has seen or can see Him, to Him be honor and eternal might. Amen (HCSB).