Jesus the King Rules
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” Within the kingdom of God, the King Himself rules. We, otherwise fallen creatures, enter the kingdom of God when we are born again by grace. John 3:5 states clearly that it is a relationship “born of the water and the spirit.”
Interestingly enough, when the Roman Governor Pilate finally pronounced a judgment on Jesus, he arranged for a notice to be prepared and fastened to the cross upon which Jesus was to be crucified. Written in three languages, the notice read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS (John19:19, 20). Unbeknownst to Pilate himself, the “crime” for which our Lord Jesus was sentenced, was ironically not a crime, but a true statement of who He is. Incomplete even, because not only is Jesus King of the Jews, He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14)! King Jesus alone is immortal and lives in unapproachable light, and deserving of all honor and might forever (1 Tim.6:16). The rule of Jesus is unique and above all other rulers, because the realm of His rule is all creation.
In Revelation which speaks more vividly of Jesus’ final conquest and return, in fact all other rules will be conquered or abolished as Jesus alone will reign supreme as King and Lord of all creation and created! Jesus alone is worthy to take and open the scrolls containing the judgments of God because He was slain and with His blood He purchased men for God (Rev. 5:9). All those who are arrayed against Him will also be conquered because Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings (Rev. 17:14). Apart from Him, there is no higher authority. His reign over all things is absolute and sacrosanct. Paul reminds us that God the Father has “raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way” (Eph.1:20-23).
On a more personal level, this same King desires to rule in the heart, mind and soul of those He came to die for! He wants not only to be our Savior, but also our Lord!
When we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, we are seeking the will and decree of the King who rules over this Kingdom. We are seeking more and more to say “No” to ourselves and to the world, and to say “Yes” to this King Jesus. We are seeking to idolize no other but the One who made us in His own image, the One who has called us from darkness into His eternal light! We are seeking to hand over the reins of every facet of our lives (personal, family, career, and all) to His sovereignty. We are seeking to trust and obey this King, for there is no other way…but to trust and obey! We are seeking to be the transformed Zacchaeuses of our generation!
Are you seeking the same in your relationship with the King? Or are there areas in your life that are yet to be surrendered to Him, and if so, why?