This is the last of the offices of Christ. So far we have looked at how Christ fulfills the duties of prophet and priest. The office of king, seen in the context of the other two, is equally as significant, because it confirms the sovereignity of Christ. Without the office of king, the words and deeds of Christ as prophet and priest will be empty. The authority to speak and do came via His kingship.
Jesus established His kingship from the very beginning of His ministry:
(Mat 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
It is clear that He viewed His position as king as self-evident from the beginning, and the theme continued all the way through His ministry. His kingdom is not the same as political or military leadership, and He was not happy to be seen as such:
(Joh 6:15) Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
He told Pilate as much when He appeared before him:
(Joh 18:36) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
(Joh 18:37) Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world–to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
As Christ’s kingdom is not from this world, where is it from? He is king of all creation, sitting on throne of God.
(Eph 1:20) that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
(Eph 1:21) far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
(Eph 1:22) And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
(Mat 28:18) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
It is clear that since Christ has all the authority that He makes the laws, He sets the conditions and He rules over His kingdom. He also extends the benefits of His rule, His love and care, to His children in His kingdom; those promises He spoke about as prophet, and executed as priest.
What then about those who do not believe in Christ as king? It makes little difference as to whether Christ is king or not. I am reminded of unwilling subjects we have seen in many earthly kingdoms, they refuse to acknowledge the king, they refuse to bow down, they revolt and protest, but it does not matter. The king is still the king. However, those who refuse to acknowledge the king cannot expect to share in the benefits of his kingdom.
We are left with this:
(Rev 19:16) On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Christ is king, and He is offering citizenship for free. His kingdom is unlike any other we have seen. He knows every person in His kingdom intimately, and loves them so much that He was prepared to die for them. Those who are part of His kingdom will live in the throneroom with Him, in His presence forever.
I will conclude tomorrow with a look at how the offices of Christ impacts our faith today.