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THE KING



The Magi came from the east seeking the King. “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2). At the opposite bookend of His earthly life, Pilate hung a placard over Him: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19).

 

He came as a baby. He died like a criminal. He reigns, now and always, as the King.

 

The Bible declares this truth. “Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord of Armies, he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:10). He is the “Great King” (Ps 95:3), “God the King” (Psalm 145:1),

the “Potentate” (1 Timothy 6:15, NKJV), the “One Enthroned on High” (Psalm 113:5).

 

“God is King of the whole earth” (Psalm 47:7). He is the one and only “Sovereign” (1 Timothy 6:15), the “Lord of kings” (Daniel 2:47), and the “King of kings” (1 Timothy 6:15).

 

He is the “King of Peace” (Hebrews 7:2), the “King of Righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2), the “King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible” (1 Timothy 1:17).

 

As King, He is Omnipotent. “Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty, reigns!” (Revelation 19:6). He is also Omniscient. “Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5). Beyond human understanding, our King is Omnipresent. North, south, east, and west… He is present. Eternal past and everlasting future, He is already and always, present (Psalm 139:7-10). Our King is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and immutable… never changing (Hebrews 13:8).

 

Best of all… our King is approachable.

 

Most kings are unapproachable, encircled by security guards, kept at a distance, aloof, remote, distant. They are enthroned, seated above and apart. We don’t just pop in for a visit with King Charles. We don’t ring his doorbell and expect the king to answer. If you send the king a text message, the best you can hope for is a reply from a junior secretary. “I’m sorry, the king is unavailable for comment…”

 

“My God and my King” (Psalm 84:3) welcomes us. We’re beckoned to His side. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Because He is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses” we’re invited to “approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15–16). “Come” He says… and call me “Father” (Matthew 6:9) … “Abba” (Romans 8:15) … “My God and my King.”

 

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord of Armies. I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God… my King and my God. How happy are those who reside in your house, who praise you continually” (Psalm 84:1–4).




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