To those of you who doubt that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, right now, today, over heaven AND earth…go find a Bible. Open it, and read these passages in order. And keep an open mind.
Matt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
This prophecy was stated before Jesus was born, so it was long before Israel rejected Jesus as Messiah and crucified Him. This statement backs up the fact that Messiah was Jesus, and Messiah was sent to save ISRAEL from their SINS. Not to be their king and ruler and win their wars. SAVE THEM. That should destroy any concept in your mind that Jesus official reason for coming to earth was to be the King of Israel and sit on a throne in Jerusalem.
The next passage shows that after Jesus’ death and resurrection, unbelieving Jews still didn’t get it:
Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done…
Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
If Jesus intended to go to heaven and then return much later as the expected ruler, this was a perfect opportunity for Him to say so. He did not. He merely stated that the old testament predicted the very thing that happened: Messiah would obtain His glorious throne and kingdom through His own death and resurrection.
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
“All power (authority)” means exactly what it says. Do you read the Bible literally?
Peter then preached these words on Pentecost:
Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
In other words, the resurrection and ascension of Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to place a descendant of David on David’s throne. That throne is the everlasting throne upon which Jesus now sits.
Later on, the Apostle Paul agrees with the words of Jesus in Luke 24 when he writes:
Phil 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Phil 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Phil 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Phil 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Do you see that word “wherefore”? That word means “because of”. Because of His death, God has exalted Him above every name. That’s present reality, not future. Whether someone has confessed Jesus is Lord yet or not, He IS LORD. And every knee will bow, every tongue will confess. You can either do it now in submission to Him, or you will do it later at the judgment.
These last two passages say what they mean, and they mean what they say. Literally. The plain sense of these two passages is clear: Jesus is King right now over all of the universe, including earth:
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church…
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…
If you ignore these plain verses because you “look around” the world and conclude that Jesus cannot be in charge of things, here are a few more thoughts:
- Perhaps Jesus isn’t reigning in the manner YOU or I wish He would. If you don’t like how Jesus is doing things, why don’t you challenge Him on it? I’m too afraid.
- Is Jesus YOUR King? Do you always do what He says? Would you rather He forced His will on you with that iron rod?
- In other words, Christians all over the world claim that Jesus is their King…and yet they disobey Him constantly. Does that mean His, in fact, NOT their King?
- Whether someone accepts Jesus as their King and obeys Him or not, does not change the fact that He is King. Every last human being on the planet can reject Jesus as King. He would still be King.
- Since when did God decide to force everybody to obey Him? What about free will? Just because Jesus chooses to exercise His power in the manner He is doing it today (mercy and grace), doesn’t mean He isn’t in total control.
- Aren’t you glad Jesus did not force His will on YOU before you were saved? Aren’t you happy for His grace?
- Does Jesus have to physically be present in order to reign? In the so-called Millennial reign of Jesus, we are told that He will leave heaven and set up His throne on earth. Does that mean at that time, He will no longer reign over heaven?
Make no mistake: Jesus Christ is King right now, today, and will be FOREVER. He is not going to move over on His throne and give anybody (especially Satan) a space to sit. He is never going to stand up and allow someone else to sit there. Ever. Not for 7 years.
Not even for one second.