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Jesus Unmasked – the King

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Jesus Unmasked – the King

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JESUS UNMASKED: Man | God | Prophet | Priest

We continue on in our series about unmasking Jesus and helping you to understand Jesus’ full identity. As we’ve previously explained, he was fully God and fully man as well as he performed the role of prophet. If you missed those conversations, check the links directly above. As we said last time, this role of prophet, along with the role of priest and king were present amongst the people and life of Israel in the Old Testament and are understood to be fulfilled in the New Testament by Jesus and as a way of helping us understand Jesus’s work and what he accomplished physically and spiritually while being with us on this planet.1

These three positions in the Old Testament of prophet, priest and king were distinct from one another. The prophet spoke God’s word to the people, the priest offered sacrifices, prayers and praise to God on behalf of the people; and the king ruled over the people as God’s representative. Here’s how Jesus Christ fulfilled the role of king among ancient people and for us today.

KING

Christ rules over the church and all of creation (heavens, galaxy, universe…)

What image comes to mind when you think of a King? Crowns, robes, castles, gold, jewels, horses, swords, reigning and ruling? No doubt this imagery has been shaped by your learning of history AND popular movies and T.V (think Game of Thrones).

While Jesus as King doesn’t paint that same imagery, there’s biblical support for him being understood as King and ruling and reigning over a kingdom.

BIBLICAL SUPPORT

In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel had many kings with Saul and David being the two more commonly known ones. In the New Testament, even though Jesus was born ‘King of the Jews’ (Matthew 2:2) he wasn’t having any part of people trying to make him an earthly king with earthly military and political power. You can read about that in John 6:15 where the people try to make him king after he miraculously feeds 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish but Jesus peaces out to be alone (and presumably pray with/to the God the Father).

The thing is, Jesus viewed himself as king, though he knew his kingship was not of this world and he communicated this very fact to others (John 18:36). Every king needs a kingdom and Jesus was aware of this as well. When he traveled around preaching and teaching he often announced His kingdom’s arrival (Matthew 4:17, 23; 12:28). He often referred to his kingdom as the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. Go to Biblegateway.com and type those phrases into the search to see all the mentions. When Jesus enters Jerusalem for what will be the last week of his life before being crucified, his followers call him king and he does not correct them or deny it (Luke 19:38-40, Matthew 21:5).

After his resurrection, Jesus’s kingship, kingdom, authority and power over the Church and universe became much greater. The bible tells us Jesus now sits at God’s right hand and is FAR above ALL rule, authority, power and dominion now and in the future (Ephesians 1:20-22, Matthew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 15:25).

Tons of people in our society today, perhaps even some of your friends or peers might belittle Jesus, laugh at him and mock or deny his kingship and kingdom. Don’t worry, that’ll change. When Jesus returns to earth in power and glory (Matthew 26:64) to establish the fullness of his kingdom and reign, people will more fully recognize his power and authority then (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, Revelation 19:11-16). Now that’s crazy imagery of a returning king huh?! On that day, the bible says that he’ll be acknowledged as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16) and every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10-11).

So, there you go! There’s a longer, fuller peek under the mask to see Jesus’s identity.

Does this article along with the other four give you a better picture of who Jesus was and is?

Share your comments/questions below!

1John Calvin was first theologian to apply these categories to Jesus’s work (see his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 2, Chapter 15)

:: by Clint Houlbrook of Vernon, BC
I love learning about and understanding who Jesus the God man was/is because it’s shapes my understanding of who I am and what this life’s for! It’s a continuing journey that I’m enjoying and I hope you do too!

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