The Names Of Jesus In The Book Of Revelation (41)
would serve. His dominion is everlasting and shall never pass away. His kingdom shall never be destroyed (Dan. 7:13-14). When Jesus Christ was born, His birth was announced in these categories. His earthly ministry then amplified these themes (Matt. 4: 17; Luke 1:32-33). Similarly, John the Baptist proclaimed the presence of God’s kingdom in the coming of Jesus (Matt. 3). The theme of Jesus as King, Ruler, or Lord dominates the NT from beginning to end. We find the culmination of this theme with the Lord seated on a throne, His enemies being made subject to Him and a new name given: “On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16).
The question arises naturally, in what sense is Christ’s kingship really operating in today’s world?
If He is king, how is it that the world is so little changed and His kingship so little acknowledged? Some would answer that Jesus kingship is completely future. That fails to handle Christ’s own statement that the kingdom of God is “in your midst” (Luke 17:21), “among you” (NRSV), or “within you” (KJV, NIV).
Christ’s kingship is thus present yet still future, already here and still yet to come, spiritual and universal. The present kingship of Christ is His royal rule over His people (Col. 1:13,18).
NT Fulfilment confirming Jesus as King Jesuswasbornking “Nowafterjesuswasborninbethlehemofjudeainthedays ofherodtheking,behold,wisemenfromtheeastcameto Jerusalem “Whereishewhohasbeenbornkingof thejews?forwehaveseenhisstarintheeastandhave cometoworshiphim.”