Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight…but now My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth…”
John 18:36-37 (NKJV)
When King Charles III was inaugurated as king after the death of his mother, Elizabeth 11, a new anthem was played with similar words to the ones previously sung: ‘God save the king; Long live the king.’ This was a great period of grief and sorrow and a moment of mourning all over the world. The Queen was greatly admired and respected by many of the world’s leaders. She selflessly and tirelessly served the nation and was greatly loved. During her reign she met 13 Presidents of the U.S.A. and welcomed 15 Prime Ministers of the U.K. About 2000 leaders and dignitaries from around the world attended her funeral. The nation and the world lost a wise and steadfast monarch, now at rest.
As Christians we rejoice because we have a king who is alive for evermore – Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords. He was prophesied to come as revealed in Isaiah 9:6-7: ‘For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given…and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God… Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end…’ And Luke 1:31-33 states, “…And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
With Jesus as King of kings the world, for the first time, will know true peace and there will be no more wars (Isaiah 2:1-4). “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
God speed that day. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
Abba Father, I thank You for Jesus, our Lord and Saviour and our everlasting King. In His name, I pray. Amen.