Most of what we know comes to us through the filters of others. We are given the perspective of a news network, be it conservative or liberal, when Benghazi or Obamacare are described. Select historians, be they traditional or revisionist, decide what historical data are important in order to understand the Aztecs or the Vikings. Our child tends to describe his unhappy lunchtime quarrel in terms that are remarkably complimentary to him! In all of these things, most of us have attained enough wisdom to be aware of our need to “fact check” as much as we can rather than simply embrace the latest bit of news to makes its way across the web. We have learned the necessity to expend effort to do some work ourselves in order to get at the truth as best we are able.
When it comes to our theology – and particularly our understanding of the person and the work of Jesus Christ, this is of particular importance. Do not allow your understanding of that person or his work be mediated to you only through others – including both greeting card companies and your pastor! You have the word of God available to you for you to read – for yourself! Of course you should read it with others. Of course you should have a biblical respect for the pastors to whom God has entrusted the care of your soul. But of course you should make diligent search of the scriptures to be ever deepening your understanding of – your relationship with – Jesus the Messiah.
This December, I want to challenge you to incorporate into your relationship with Jesus an awareness of his kingship as being absolutely fundamental to understanding who he is and what he did for sinful people like you and me. Here are some data for you to fact check!
1. In Genesis, the Messiah is portrayed as a victor and a king (Genesis 3:15; 49:10-12)
2. In the Psalms, the Messiah is first introduced as a king installed on God’s holy hill (Psalm 2)
3. The verse from the Psalms that is most often quoted in the New Testament in connection with the Messiah does not concern either his suffering or his saving of others. The most oft-cited Psalm regarding Jesus as the Messiah is Psalm 110:1. Read it! It describes Jesus as the King whose enemies serve as his footstool.
4. In Revelation 12, a chapter of the Bible referred to by scholars as the “mini-apocalyptic history” because it offers an overview of redemptive history from creation to eternity, Jesus is described in verse 5 as the one who will “rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”
So much more could be said. Jesus the Messiah is indeed Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He does in fact sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. And one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Until that day, confess him as such.
Remember, especially as we begin to reflect on his birth, that even as the Magi searched the Levant for one who was “born king of the Jews,” we look eagerly for the return of that same king. Maranatha- Come, Lord Jesus, Come.