Today we will conclude our series with talking about Jesus coming to be our King. This is clearly revealed throughout the time of Jesus’ birth and following. It has great significance that we need to understand as believers. My desire is that this message will bring a greater revelation to our worship of Jesus and our life in Him!
John 18:36-37 (NKJV): Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; 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. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Jesus is talking to Pilate during the time he was arrested to be crucified. He talks about His Kingdom not being of this world. Jesus came to bring His Kingdom here on earth.
Revelation 19:16: On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
Most of us are familiar with the Nativity story of how Jesus was born. We know that an angel appeared to Mary and told her that she was going to give birth to the Messiah. We know how Joseph was a man of great character and stayed with Mary, trusting that this was all orchestrated by God. We also know that everything was going to take place in Bethlehem in order to fulfill prophecies spoken about the coming of the Messiah.
This leads me to a story that I would like to highlight.
Matthew 2:1-11: Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!” After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The wise men came to find the newborn king of the Jews. They came bringing Him gifts and to worship Him!
There are two other people that came to see the newborn King that I would like to talk about.
Luke 2:25-35: At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Simeon was a righteous man devoted to God. We can tell from this passage that God had promised Simeon that he would see the Messiah. Simeon believed God and eagerly waited for the Messiah to come.
The Holy Spirit led him to the Temple so that He could see the newborn King.
Luke 2:36-38: Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
Anna was a prophet who stayed day and night at the temple, worshiping God with prayer and fasting.
She also was led to Mary and Joseph and began praising God that she had seen the newborn King. She began to tell everyone about Jesus.
Everything changed the day that Jesus came to earth. The newborn King not only brought hope and salvation, but also His Kingdom on earth. Everywhere King Jesus is, His rule and reign is also present. That means all things are possible in Him! That means hope rises, darkness turns to light, chains are broken, and healing is here!
This whole series has been about God with us. Jesus came for many reasons and every one of them is important and life-changing. I am so thankful that He brought salvation and that He is a God that restores and renews. I am so thankful that He brought heaven to earth and has revealed His Kingdom to us. He has given us an example to follow and we are to release His Kingdom every where we go. I am also thankful that He reveals the Father to us and by knowing the Father and His love, He changes us! Jesus is King and we need to let Him rule in our lives!
What areas of your life do you need Jesus the King to show up? There is nothing that is impossible with Him. Do you need finances, do you need healing, do you need peace or comfort? The King is here to rule and reign in these situation. We just need to invite Him and let Him take charge of those situations.