Jesus came to reign now and forever.
Our first reaction to thinking about having a ruler in our lives might not be positive, but this is good news because we need a king. The world is complex and it’s not possible to get a handle of all the intricacies of life. We are not smart enough, strong enough, or good enough to live without a ruler. Therefore, we need a king, but not just any king. Human kings always abuse their power. We were made for God to be our king.
Psalm 10:16a states:
The Lord is King for ever and ever
Psalm 95:3 states
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
See also Psalm 47:1 – 9
Kings have kingdoms. We think of a kingdom as a physical area, but it’s more about people. God is a king not because he inherited or conquered, but because he created the world. See Genesis 1:28.
Kings give law and provide order. God placed in every human heart moral law. Lying and murder are universally wrong across cultures. The laws create stability and order in the kingdom.
Kings deal with enemies and rebellion. Satan means adversary. He is the enemy of God. There’s also an internal rebellion. Adam and Eve were put in a perfect kingdom, but rather than being good, they rebelled and wanted to be like God. All human history is a story of people rebelling against God. In 1 Samuel 8:4 – 9, people wanted a new king.
God sent his son and we celebrate Christmas because the world is not what he intended it to be. Jesus came to restore the kingdom and lead a righteous rebellion. See Luke 1:26 – 33.
When Jesus came to reign, he defeated the enemy, Satan.
1 John 3:8b states:
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Jesus offers to us freedom and pardon for the people who were deceived by Satan and they are given a chance to return to God freely.
Mark 1:14 – 15; Luke 4:18 – 19
We can be free from Satan’s control and power. Our loving king does not punish rebels, but forgives and pardons. He’s worthy of worship, honor, and obedience. Jesus reigns over His people now, over those who have freely given their lives to Him. There will come a day when everyone will bow and surrender to Jesus. Philippians 2:10-11 states:
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.