Theologians At Lunch

King of Kings and Lord of Lords: with Brian Harris

As Christmas approaches we’re looking at some of the titles given to Jesus. Rev 19:16 tells us that he is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” It would have been pretty hard to believe it, that first Christmas. The baby lying in a cattle feeding trough looked anything but majestic. His parents were poor and without influence – so unimportant in fact that they hadn’t even managed to secure a decent room for his birth.

Note the claim. It is not simply that Jesus is a Lord and a King. It is far more than that. He is King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. You can’t get higher than that.

At Christmas, we are invited to take two looks at Jesus. A backward look – what he looked like then as the homeless baby in Bethlehem. It should be followed by the forward look. What we will say of Jesus through all eternity? He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Between the backward look and the forward look – we live in the present time. Some are still taking the backward look. Jesus – why bother with him? Hardly seems important. But by faith we can take the forward look. Indeed, Christmas invites us to hear the song the angels sang so many years ago – a song which continues through eternity. This child in the manager is actually a King above all Kings, and a Lord above all Lords. As King of Kings and Lord of Lords, he is more than capable of taking care of all your needs.

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