The Power of Jesus’ Names
Session 2 - Lord And King
The entire Old Testament speaks in anticipation of this coming King who would one day rule on earth from the perspective of heaven. He would come through the Jews, sit on the throne of David, and oversee and rule the world from Israel. The prophets anticipated this King. God’s covenant with Abraham anticipated this King. David’s royal lineage anticipated this King. Zechariah 9:9 gives us insight into the thoughts of those who looked for King Jesus:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
We shouldn’t be surprised that when Jesus was ready to reveal His kingship, He told His disciples to get Him a donkey, since it had been prophesied that the divine King would ride on One. We shouldn’t be shocked that the magi came to worship Him after His birth, claiming that He was born King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2).
When John the Baptist announced the King’s arrival, he phrased it in terms the nation of Israel could understand: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).
And when Jesus began preaching, He stepped onto the stage of history and said the same thing. “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’”(Matthew 4:17).
Furthermore, as He sent His disciples to preach, He told them to proclaim the kingdom of God had arrived (Matthew 10:7).
The King had come. His name was Jesus.
If you are a secret-agent Christian, you are denying Jesus' lordship. When you deny His lordship, you deny His intervention. And when you deny His intervention, you are not getting the benefit of His deity.
Jesus declares Himself to be King which leaves us two options. We can accept Him as King or reject Him as King but one thing we cannot do with Jesus Christ is ignore Him.
A King rules over a realm, and within that realm live the citizens of that kingdom. The kingdom agenda is the visible manifestation of the comprehensive rule of God over every area of life. As subjects to the King, we are to align our thoughts and actions under that comprehensive rule. All of us have to ask ourselves, “Does Jesus Christ rule? Do His perspective and will call the final shots in my life?”