A Coming King
A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Jesus’ Work”
Psalm 110:1: “This is the declaration of the LORD to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ ”
How could David, the great king of Israel, call his own descendant “Lord”? Jesus posed this exact question to the Pharisees (Matt. 22:45). Yet none could adequately respond, no one could answer a word. More than forty kings ruled over the united and divided kingdoms of Israel. Less than ten of them were commended as righteous. Those who were righteous were said to walk in the ways of their father David.
For the throne of Israel, there was one king to whom all others were compared. One king provided a model (albeit an imperfect one) for leading the people. That king was David. He was the great king of the Old Testament. And yet he himself prophesied of one greater than himself—the Messiah.
Jesus of Nazareth is this Messiah. He is the “anointed one” who reigns upon the throne over His people. He is descended from yet greater than His father David. Thus, “His kingdom rules over all” (Ps. 103:19) and He “does whatever He pleases” (Ps. 115:3).
Jesus Christ has been granted all authority to reign and rule. He does so now from the right hand of the Father in heaven and will do so one day fully and finally in the presence of His redeemed and resurrected people on the new earth.
Pause and Reflect
• If the Son is truly your king, what demands can He make upon your life?
• What demands has Christ made on your life that you are resisting? With whom can you confess this rebellion? How can you go about pursuing repentance and trust in this area?