Alistair Begg Devotional Jesus Is King

Jesus Is King

Jesus Is King

I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’

The Bible makes it very clear that history is moving purposefully towards a definite conclusion. That reality is one of the distinctive features of the biblical worldview. One way that Christianity distinguishes itself, in other words, is in the matter of how all things come to a close.

Sometimes, in looking at old photographs we may find ourselves asking, “Where am I in this picture?”—or, “Am I even in this picture?” When it comes to God’s plan, though, every single person is included in Revelation’s picture of history. No one is missing from the story. And when history comes to a close, it will end in division and separation.

Jesus spoke about this separation when He said that the sheep and goats will be divided (Matthew 25:31-46): light and darkness will be delineated, and those who believe on Jesus will be set apart from those who do not. No one will be left out, though tragically some will have chosen to be shut out. Therefore, our position in this big picture matters.

All of history’s ebb and flow is to be viewed in light of the fact that there is a throne in heaven and that throne is not empty; rather, it is occupied by God, who is in control. Jesus is King, and He is seated at the right hand of the throne. Although many do not yet recognize His kingdom, it doesn’t alter the reality that He reigns.

From humanity’s fall to the end of time there exist, as the great fourth-century theologian Augustine of Hippo put it, two rival cities—two rival loves. By our nature, we are involved in the city of man, and only by God’s grace will we ever be involved in and devoted to the city of God.

The earthly city, the city of man, is destined to pass away. But the heavenly city, God’s kingdom, will go on forever and ever. Do we recognize Jesus as King? How we answer is a matter of eternal significance. And how we answer is also a matter of present consequence. If Jesus is your King, then you will live as His subject, seeking to obey Him even when His command cuts against your own preferences. If Jesus is your King, you will be loyal to Him above all others, for this world is not your home and you are just passing through. As Paul wrote, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). Be sure to live as a citizen of a better country and a subject of a greater King. We will spend eternity joining with the whole of creation in bringing Him honor. May we do so in our words and conduct today, too.

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The King of Glory

A Psalm of David.

1The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,1

the world and those who dwell therein,

2for he has founded it upon the seas

and established it upon the rivers.

3Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

4He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not lift up his soul to what is false

and does not swear deceitfully.

5He will receive blessing from the Lord

and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6Such is the generation of those who seek him,

who seek the face of the God of Jacob.2 Selah

7Lift up your heads, O gates!

And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

8Who is this King of glory?

The Lord, strong and mighty,

the Lord, mighty in battle!

9Lift up your heads, O gates!

And lift them up, O ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

10Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

he is the King of glory! Selah

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Footnotes
1 24:1 Or and all that fills it
2 24:6 Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text Jacob, who seek your face

Devotional material is taken from the Truth For Life daily devotional by Alistair Begg, published by The Good Book Company, thegoodbook.com. Used by Truth For Life with permission. Copyright © 2021, The Good Book Company.

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