Christ is King!
In a day such as ours when there is change all around where should we look for comfort? We will not find it in the world for the world is the source of change; the only thing certain about the world is that it will come to an end. Neither can we find comfort in the church for it too is subject to change. We must look instead to the Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, who is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb.13:8).
Such is the confusion in the church and in the world today that many are asking, Is Christ really in control? With the spread of false religion, idolatry and immorality of every kind perhaps even some believers are tempted to think that the Lord has let things go. What does the Bible teach?
Wherever we go in the Scriptures we behold a sovereign God. He sovereignly made the world out of nothing by the word of His power (Heb.11:3). He sovereignly redeemed a people from their sins through the blood of His Son (Col.1:14). And He sovereignly preserves and governs everything in the creation (Matt.10:29-31).
Scripture teaches that Christ is King of the world. This is the rule of divine providence. As the only begotten Son of God Christ occupies the throne of heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit. “For God is King of all the earth.... God reigneth over the heathen” (Psa.47:7,8). This universal and invincible dominion is surely a token that God is able to fulfil all His promises.
According to our physical sight it is only too apparent that many are wilfully disobedient to God’s law. However with the eye of faith we are able to perceive the hand of God at work in history, directing the course of events and taking special care of His church. “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works” (Psa.145:17).
Scripture also teaches that Jesus Christ is King of the church. This is the rule of divine grace. Christ is the living Head of a living people who have been renewed by the Spirit and are joined to Him by faith. There are churches which have rebelled against Christ and been forsaken by Him; there are also those within true churches who know nothing of reconciliation to God. Christ is not in reality their Head.
God the Father has said to God the Son, “rule thou in the midst of thine enemies” (Psa.110:2). Christ rules His own subjects by His word of grace, which He blesses to their souls by His Spirit. He conquers their hearts and brings them into a willing and loving subjection to Himself. He protects them from their foes, enabling them in time to overcome them all. So we gladly affirm: “the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us” (Isa.33:22).
Finally Scripture teaches that Christ is King of the nations. In His providence He causes His gospel to be published in all the world and in His grace He gathers His people out of every land, so that over time His rule is seen everywhere. “Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him” (Psa.72:11). This is God’s sure promise and this is what we pray for and hope for. May the Lord hasten it in His time.