Born to Be King (Part 2: Born to Reign)
February 16th, 2012 | General »
"You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (John 18:37 NIV).
Jesus says he was born to be king (John 18:37). While his death was expected - and it was necessary to accomplish our salvation (John 3:14-15) - his death was not the final goal of his coming. Instead, his death is the means to bringing about what he was born for. Jesus said, "You are right that I am a king." Just a moment before this, Jesus had explained that his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). In other words, he is king of a kingdom that has a different nature than the kingdoms of the world. His kingdom is beyond just the physical world, but includes people from among all the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 28:18-20). He is king of the
The kingdom of God was a major theme in what Jesus taught. As he says in Luke 4:43, the good news of the
By claiming to be king over a kingdom that is not of this world, Jesus is declaring that all that belongs to God is what belongs to him (Matthew 28:18). His kingdom consists of all the people who receive eternal life through faith in him (John 3:3-15). Because Jesus is the king, those who come to him and belong to him are part of his kingdom and they will inherit the future
(continued next week)