Inspired by the song “King of Kings” by Fully Justified
I’m a huge sports fan. Even though all of the Philadelphia teams have been disappointing this year, I still enjoy watching and following all the action going on in sports, whether it’s baseball, basketball, football, or hockey. Right now, the NBA is in the second round of the playoffs and whether you’re a fan of basketball or not, there’s one name that you instantly recognize as soon as you hear it. They call him a king, het he’s not even in the prime of his career yet, they call him the lord of his court, and they say he will rule over all one day. Who is this king? “King James” aka LeBron James. Though he’s won an NBA Championship, been an NBA finals MVP, a nine time all-star, rookie of the year, and won countless other accolades, no matter how hard he works and how much he accomplishes, he still will never be anywhere close to the true King of King and Lord of Lords.
In 1345, Ferdinand I was the oldest son born to King Peter I of Portugal. He ascended to his father’s throne in 1367 and ruled for sixteen years. He was regarded as a monarch who wisely advanced agriculture and shipping in Portugal. During his short reign, Ferdinand was engaged in three disastrous wars with Spain attempting to win back the Castilian throne. At age thirty-eight, he became fatally ill and knew his time on earth was almost over. He did not have a male heir to his throne and was about to leave his monarchy without a successor. In the final few hours of his life, he took off his royal robe and crown. Then he prostrated himself on the floor and scattered ashes on his head. As the king was about to die, he exclaimed: “Thine, O Lord, is the power; Thine the dominion. Thou art the King of Kings, the Supreme alike in heaven and earth. I return unto Thee the crown which Thou hast given me, and which I have worn during Thy great pleasure; and now I only ask that when my soul leaves this body, Thou wilt receive me into Thy celestial mansion.”
What was it that Ferdinand I learned in the course of his life as king? The same thing that Moses realized and recorded in the Bible: there is only one King of Kings, only one person who everyone will worship – Jesus Christ. Moses realized that although people worshipped gods of many forms, there was only one true God. Moses ponders who is like the Lord? Who is as holy? As glorious? Who can do the things He can do? The answer is NO ONE! We sing the praise chorus, “You are Holy. You are mighty. You are worthy — worthy of praise.” Moses understood one simple concept: follow the One who is worthy of all things and “God things” will happen. Don’t get me wrong, I think LeBron is a great player, and may even be the best player to ever play the game, but he will never be the King of Kings. That is reserved for one Man, THE Man, the ONLY Man worthy of this title. The God of wonders, the great I AM, the Prince of Peace; Jesus.
The phrase King of kings and Lord of Lords is a victorious title. It signifies sovereignty over all kings and all lords. Everyone will be in submission to Him. No matter what person in history is the most victorious king or ruler on the earth, Jesus Christ is still and always will be the King of Kings! God is a not like our earthly kings. Just like Lebron James, He’s got game! He is a King with power. He is the King of kings! Supreme in authority, He rules from a heavenly throne that is illuminated by His glory. When we recognize Him as the King of Kings, God is positioned in our hearts as the supreme ruler… as the absolute authority… as the powerful leader that we are all desperate for. His reign is eternal and supreme – yet His reign is intimately personal.
Please don’t think I’m going all church on you here. This isn’t fluffy Christianese about a distant, non-feeling ruler who pats us on the head and graciously allows us to be His humble servants. It is a flesh and blood testimony about a loving God from a person who knows what it’s like to be tangled in the knots of sin and shame. From a person who knows the freedom of forgiveness. From a person who delights to revere his all-compassionate King of mercy. I’m who I am today because my Savior, the King of Kings, who wore a thorny crown and conquered death once and for all. Now that’s power of the heavenly kind. Because of this, I can now confidently approach the throne of grace because of the finished work done by Jesus Christ through the cross. (Hebrews 4:16)
Scripture is filled with rich praise for our King of Kings: “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103:19) “No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due…. But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King.” (Jeremiah 10:6-7,10) “How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:2) “But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations.” (Psalm 102:12) I could go on, but you get the idea.
Have you experienced the power of the King of Kings in your life? Do you know the freedom of forgiveness? Though it can be fun to watch the royal families among us, or enjoy the thrilling and amazing play of a superstar like Lebron, or even appreciate the brilliance of a musical career of someone like Elvis, when it’s all said and done, they are powerless to save you. God loved you so much that he made a way for you to have a fresh start in life through Jesus; A fresh start, a clean heart and a royal inheritance. That, should make us all filled with joy.
Are you taking time to worship the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Charles Lamb got it right when he said, “If Shakespeare should come into this room, we would all rise; but if Jesus Christ should come in, we would all kneel.” Today in prayer, focus on Christ. Thank Him for His love, thank Him for His sacrifice, thank Him for His forgiveness and salvation he offers and worship Him and praise Him for being the one and only true King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fully Justified is a rock band based out of West Virginia. If you’d like to read the lyrics to this song or any of their songs, you can go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/fullyjustifiedband. For more information on Fully Justified you can also go to: https://www.facebook.com/FullyJustified
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