On the tomb of English Puritan and statesman, Oliver Cromwell in Westminster Abbey, is inscribed the epitaph: “Christ, not man, is King.” This thought-provoking statement has implications even in our own time as church-state controversies rages around us, we may ask: ‘Who is King?’
Jesus Christ fulfills three Old Testament offices – that of prophet, priest and king. As king, Christ deserves all royal honors. Read Isaiah 52:13; 53:12; 49:4, Luke 1:33, Phil 2:6-11, and Rev 19:12. His Father gave him the nations for an inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession. Ps 2:8. “He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” Ps 72:8.
The glory of Christ’s kingdom is that it is spiritual, not carnal, and as such it shall never pass away. Christ said to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Jn 18:36. Psalm 45:6 affirms: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.” Though He has not yet received the throne of his father David, as head of the church, God’s invisible kingdom, Christ alone is King (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 1:22; 4:5). He shall never be superseded, but abides forever over the house of God; (Heb 10:21) and is heir of all things (Heb. 1:2-4). So we must therefore look upon everything as under the direction, control, and management of Jesus. He rules by his power forever, and causes all things to work together for the good of his people.
Jesus is a powerful and peaceful king. He is the omnipotent One — God Almighty. He rules the elements, controls his enemies, and protects his brethren. But he is also peaceable. He is the prince of peace and loves peace. He made peace for sinners at the expense of his own life. As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as powerful and peaceable, as ruling and reigning, as managing and directing all things, we may live in peace, even amidst turmoil and trial; we may enjoy rest in a restless world, and walk quietly and humbly with our God in the midst of an otherwise prideful and arrogant humanity.
Who is your king? Have you submitted yourself to Christ? Have you crowned him Lord of all? If not, surrender at once and rejoice that Jesus your Savior and your king, is powerful and peaceable!