Every morning (well almost) I meet with God and we study His word together.
Right now I am studying the book of Matthew.
This book is so full of the imagery of the "kingdom of God" and what this everlasting kingdom will be like... no wonder the theme of Matthew is "behold, the KING OF THE JEWS"... for every kingdom needs a king!
The Jews of Jesus day knew that there would be a time when they were no longer under the bondage of another nation and they would have a kingdom that would have no end... and that it would be ruled by a great KING.
I think it is hard for us as 21st century modern western philosophical thinkers to relate to the words and customs of the 1st century ancient oriental orthodox world that the book of Matthew was written in. So much of the history, background, and mindset of the time needs to be understood to fully get a grasp the weight of why the Jews... and all of us need a king...
In the world of Jesus' time and before all nations were headed by a king or queen or someone who was in complete charge. A king was responsible for the people. The kings word was final. The decisions about war and allegiances and taxes and land rights and slavery and justice and judgement and the minutiae of the day to day was in the king's hands. Life itself was in the king's hands!
How well the people of a land fared was directly related to how the king ruled. There were some good kings... but mostly kings gave themselves over to their wanton and selfish ways. When things got so bad in a kingdom the people could not "vote" their king out... usually when things got to the tipping point the king would be assassinated or occasionally booted out of the country.
But a bad king was better, most of the time, than no king at all. Anarchy is a more than horrible thing...worse than having no king. Without a king a country would fall easy prey to another country's king and their lot was unspeakable!
People were always longing for a just, merciful concerned king. One who would be a champion for the little people of the nation! There was no such thing as "upward mobility" or a "self-made man". A woman's lot in life was more grim yet. The masses needed a king who would put them first and elevate their station and situation.
They needed a king who would rule with a fist of iron in justice and pour mercy and love out to all the people of the land! One that would rule a kingdom in which everyone would do well and serve the king out of their grateful hearts. A trustworthy king... a faithful king... a servant king!
God has just the "man" for the job!
He is called the MERSSIAH... and CHRIST!
He called himself...
"THE SON OF MAN".
He was and is the SON OF GOD... Jesus!
He is EMANUEL... GOD WITH US!
Jesus has the authority, the lineage, the right, the will and the desire to be this great KING.
He is coming... and will rule and reign on planet earth. HE will set things straight, the way God had originally intended! He will be completely just and completely merciful and completely loving... perfection in every way! All the subjects of the kingdom will live in complete peace, having everything they need, not in fear of war or want, serving the king with unending joy!
He is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS! (Rev 19:16)
A king needs a kingdom.. and a kingdom is filled with people. Are you one?
My very very favorite description of this KING is from Dr.SM Lockridge. He describes MY KING in a way that pierces my heart. I cannot watch it without being a puddle of grateful tears. It brings me to my knees in love and allegiance...
Please, please I beg you to take time to watch this video and share it if you are moved to... DO YOU KNOW MY KING? I pray that you do!