“Word Of The Week: King”
The nuances of a “king” probably escape us because we live under a very different form of government. Indeed, the kind of autocratic government that often comes with the rule of a king is what led to this country’s formation some 235 years ago.
The notion of absolute authority is inherent in royalty. The king’s word is law; what he says goes. The problem with this is that mankind doesn’t handle such authority well. It encourages pride, which breeds selfishness, which leads to bad judgment.
But Jesus is not only identified as our Savior but also our King (Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:29-36). Further, He is called “King of kings and Lord of lords” (I Tim. 6:15). That is, He has authority even over the highest human royalty.
Jesus’ enthronement was earned by a perfect life that displayed the principles of His rule: justice, fairness, patience and benevolence. Many rebel against His authority, but Jesus’ reign is a blessing to all now and in eternity.