The crowds are in a frenzy! The promised Messiah has arrived to take His throne! He is hailed as the “Son of David” and “King of Israel.” This is the Man who heals sicknesses and raises people from the dead. Not only that, He can multiply food to feed thousands. Finally, the Promised One is here to drive out the hated oppressor and free the people from their slavery. When Jesus walked the earth, many people’s focus was selfishly on what the Messiah could do for them, and sadly, the trend continues today.
Jesus Christ is King and Messiah (Philippians 2:9-10), but sadly, people have been trying to place Him on the wrong throne since the day He created a feast from the boy’s five loaves and two fish (John 6:9-15).
Please do not misunderstand. Jesus did and still does all of those amazing things. He had true compassion and love for the suffering people He met just like He still does today. Christ came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), and that mission continues. He promises to bless those who trust in Him, not with wealth and long, trouble-free life but by empowering them by the Spirit in unexplainable, counterintuitive ways (Matthew 5:2-12) and ultimately raising them in eternity to be like Himself (Romans 8:29). He came to free us from our slavery to sin and conquer death (Romans 6:16-23). Christians are given new hearts that desire Christ-focused, God-honoring things (Ezekiel 36:26-31). However, being a Christian is not all about us and what we want. It is all about a real relationship with Him. Although He is King and Lord of all creation, Jesus did not come to earth to establish a kingdom of worldly, material things. He is the “bread of life” (John 6:32-35), not a genie that gives us whatever our appetite demands. He is not interested in a large territory, an invincible army, or peace and prosperity. His kingdom is established in the hearts, souls, and minds of His people (Matthew 22:37). God desires that we be completely satisfied in Him and in nothing else. When we, who identify by His name, treat the Lord of the universe as some sort of divine vending machine, we place ourselves on the throne of our life and trample His grace, love, and mercy.
One day, according to Philippians chapter 2, every knee will bow to Jesus Christ. Those who did not submit to Him as king of their lives but used the name of Jesus for personal gain will bow in trembling fear before the throne of Heaven as He hands down their final judgment (Matthew 7:21-23). Those who humbly submitted to Him in heart, soul, and mind will be welcomed into eternal glory (Matthew 25:34).
To which king will you bow? Is it the king of self with all its desires that lead to disappointment, despair, and eternal destruction or will you bow to the only wise King of kings and Lord of lords Jesus Christ? (Romans 10:9) He will graciously lead you in the way of eternal satisfaction if you will humbly submit yourself to His Word and trust only in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). Do so, not because He gives you your desires, but because He alone is worthy.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone possesses immortality
and dwells in unapproachable light,
whom no one has seen or can see.
To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”
1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NASB)