David Jeremiah on the King of Kings

Jesus stood in the Praetorium after a night of being arrested and questioned by Caiaphas the High Priest. Now it was Pilate who asked Him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus replied, “You say rightly that I am a king” (John 18:37).

And what a King!

He is the King of the Jews. In Matthew, a delegation of Eastern Magi arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” Near the end of Matthew, a sign is affixed to the cross of Jesus, reading, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.”

He is the King of Israel. In John 1:49, Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

He is the King of Righteousness. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus was prefigured by Melchizedek, the mysterious character in the book of Genesis “to whom Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated ‘King of Righteousness.'”

He is the King of Peace. In the same passage in Hebrews 7, Jesus is compared with Melchizedek in his role as king of Salem, which, according to verse 2, means “King of Peace.”

He is the King Over All the Earth. This title is found near the end of the Old Testament, in the passage in Zechariah describing our Lord’s glorious return. “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:4,8-9).

He is the King of Glory. This is another Messianic title from the Old Testament. In Psalm 24, King David cries, “Lift up your heads…. And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty…. He is the King of glory.”

He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In Revelation 19 as Christ returns to earth in triumph, we read: “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

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Source: Baptist Press