Ok, that picture isn’t the King of Kings…only Pastor Chris Respess of Antioch Christian Fellowship?! It was a blessing to get to worship at Antioch on Sunday morning. Antioch has been an incredible support in our effort to launch Redeemer Church. Pastor Chris Respess has been a faithful and fun friend, encouraging us each step of the way. His leaders have loved us and been willing to help whenever we need them. Antioch is opening their doors to us and allowing us to meet on Sunday evenings when we put on some Vision Services in February. Pastor Respess invited us to their service last Sunday and I had the opportunity to thank the congregation for their support.
Pastor Respess is a great preacher, and the worship at Antioch is amazing. During our singing we repeated a lyric that included a number of Jesus’ titles. One title we sang was that He is our “King of Kings.” Sunday night we also gave everyone a Christmas Tree ornament from Family Life that is designed as a crown and says “King of Kings.” Jesus as King of Kings has been on my heart the past few days.
King of Kings means that Jesus rules over all other kings. He is soveriegn over other kings. When we compare Jesus to any king, Jesus is more powerful and has more authority. Jesus is greater than any king in your life, in fact, He is the greatest of all the kings. We don’t have a king ruling our country, but even as Americans we have numerous authorities in our lives. Jesus is more powerful than all those authorities. Even if you have an authority in your life that is keeping you in some sort of bondage…Jesus is more powerful. Jesus’ power over all rulers means that we can trust Him. We can trust His will for our lives. When Jesus takes us in new uncertain territories we can trust Him. Jesus is our King of Kings.
Not only is Jesus more powerful than any authority in our lives, He is better. Every king or authority will fail you at some point. Some authorities can fail us in disasterous and painful ways. Many fathers are abusive, many bosses cheat and steal, many rulers take advantage of their power. These authorities can leave distruction and wounds, but as Christians we can hope in someone better. In fact, we can hope in the best. Jesus is perfectly good. Jesus is even holy. When other authorities and kings fail us because they are not good or holy, we can trust in Jesus. Jesus is our King of Kings.
I pray that this Christmas each of you find great joy in the fact that Jesus is the King of King.