Today we continue our study of Christ the King of Kings. In places were kings are crowned today, when the coronation day occurs normally there will be great pomp and circumstance. Hundreds of people will be present to honor the one being crowned. It was not that way at Christ’s coronation.
Christ’s road to coronation traveled through Mt. Calvary. Along the way, He was forsaken by those He chose to walk with him in his ministry (Matthew 26:56). Christ was betrayed by one of those men, and then denied by another who pledged to lay down his life for Christ (John 13:37).
This king was taken prisoner and placed on trial by both the Jews and Romans — all of which was done illegally. He was scourged and mocked by the soldiers, who placed a crown of thorns on his head and a purple robe upon him.
They then mocked Christ saying, "…hail, king of the Jews! And they smote him with their hand" (John 19:1-3).
When the Roman leader, Pilate, questioned whether the Jews would crucify their king, the Jews gave up all allegiance to the true king and said, "We have no king but Caesar" (John 19:15). Christ was then led away and crucified.
This Great One, whose only desire was to do things to help mankind and to bring man back to God, was made to suffer the humiliation and pain of the cross (Hebrews12:2). His body was later taken down and buried in a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:57-60).
The great power of the King of Kings is shown as he overcame death. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church about the resurrected Christ (1 Corinthians 15). Christ was seen by the apostles and then by over 500 brethren at one time.
Christ’s ascension to the throne occurred near Bethany (Luke 25:50-52). The apostles were to wait in Jerusalem until they were given power from heaven (Luke 24:44-49). This power came on the Day of Pentecost, and on that day Peter proclaimed that Christ was on his throne.
The King of Kings has all power (Matthew 28:18) and he is both lawmaker (John 12:48) and judge (2 Corinthians 5:10). Christ is the head of the church, the kingdom (Matthew 16:13ff; Colossians 1:18). Christ stands as the spokesman of God (Acts 3:20-22; Hebrews 1:1).
Christ the King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15) also serves as high priest. Christ’s coming to Earth to live as a man allowed him to be tempted as man is. In this, he understands the plight of mankind’s struggle with sin. Christ offers help to all who will follow him. Someone once said, "When the Israelites asked for a king, God told them what the king would take from them, but the King of Kings stands ready to give to man."
Christ, the King of Kings, gave himself for all mankind. His desire is that all be saved by obedience to his gospel.