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Behold Your King

The world sees Jesus as a man, a good man, but just another sinful, imperfect man, as the rest of us.   Christians see Him, not only as a sinless God/man, but also as the prophesied Lamb of God, sent from Heaven to die for our sins. Not only do we see  Him as the  Lamb of God, we must also see Him and bow before Him as our Lord and King. Let’s consider that thought now.

 

Pilate recognized Jesus as King of the Jews, according to John 19:14; however, the Jewish masses were fickle.  Though they were ready to make Him king a week earlier as He arrived in Jerusalem riding on a donkey; within the week, they had been swayed by the Jewish religious leaders who claimed that Jesus was a blasphemer and now they were shouting, as blind sheep following their false shepherds, for His crucifixion.

 

As Pilate met with Jesus in the Judgment Hall and conversed with Him, he became convinced that Jesus was indeed an innocent man who did not deserve to be executed.   But more than that; he became aware that Jesus was, no doubt, the rightful king of the Jews. 

 

We who have seen ourselves as guilty sinners, helpless to save ourselves; have turned in faith to Christ, recognizing Him as the God/man come down from Heaven.  We have recognized Him as the Lamb of God sent to earth to take away our sins through the shedding of His blood on the cross.  But more than that, we have also beheld Him as our rightful Lord and King of our lives.   As Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 33:14-17 by God’s grace, we have “seen the King in His beauty”.

 

How do we know that Jesus is the rightful King of the Jews? 

 

First, from the Seed Plot of the Bible in Genesis 3:15 we have recognized Jesus as the promised Seed of the Woman who would ultimately destroy Satan after Satan had attempted to destroy the Seed, Jesus.  

 

As we study the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12-17, and compare it with Romans 4  and Galatians 3;  we are convinced that Jesus is the promised Seed of  Abraham.  Genesis 17:15-16 first announces that kings will come from his seed.

 

The Abrahamic Covenant is passed on to Abraham’s son, Isaac in Genesis 26 and then to Isaac’s son, Jacob in Genesis 27and 28.  Then in Gen. 49:10 the promise is made to Judah, one of Jacob’s twelve sons, that the royal scepter will not depart from Judah‘s line.

 

Why the ten generation break in Judah‘s line?

 

From that promise of a royal line from Judah to King David, there are no kings for ten generations.  Why is that?  It’s a sordid story, but here are the facts. Judah had illegitimate twin sons, Pharez and Zerah,  by his daughter-in-law. Genesis 38 gives the details.

 

God’s law in Deuteronomy 23:2 concerning illegitimate sons was severe. They were to be shut out of the participation and blessings of Israel for ten generations. Yes, the illegitimate sons and daughters were innocent.  They had nothing to do with the sin.  Nevertheless, they were shut out as strangers.  Regardless of what you or I think about that law, it does give us a warning that God is displeased with us when we are involved in pre-marital or extra-marital sex and visits the consequences on our children for several generations.

 

That does not mean that children born out of wedlock are cursed and hopeless.  God, in His grace, can bring blessings out of the worst of circumstances.  I have known of such children who were saved and became useful servants of God.

 

But in Judah‘s case, there were no kings in his line for ten generations. Turn to Ruth 4:18-22 and count down the line of Judah. Starting with Judah and his eldest son, Pharez,  down to Jesse, the father of David; you will see the ten generations of Judah  who were not permitted to reign over Israel because of Judah‘s sin.

 

David was the first son in that line who was qualified to reign.  However, Israel had already insisted on a king so that they could be as other nations. In their self-will they chose Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin to be their king. God, in His long-suffering, allowed them to have Saul from the tribe of Benjamin, even though the tribe of Judah was the royal line.  Saul was their “dream ticket”,  tall, handsome and charismatic.  But he turned out to be a dismal failure.  In the meantime, young David was waiting in the wings, anointed as king by the Prophet Samuel. 

 

King Saul became insanely jealous of David and constantly hounded him as his enemy, even though David always treated King Saul respectfully and kind. You can read the exciting story in I Samuel.  Eventually Saul died and David became the first qualified king in the royal line of Judah. David could reign as  king from the tribe of Judah because the ten generations under the curse had been fulfilled.

 

When you turn to the New Testament, you will find two lists of kings from David to Joseph and Mary, who were both from the Tribe of Judah.

 

In Matthew 1 you can read the genealogy of David through his son, Solomon all the way to Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus.  In that list you will read of King Jechonias who was cursed and carried away into Babylonian Captivity with the Nation of Judah. Read in Jeremiah 22:28-30 of a curse on Coniah (another name for Jechonias) No one in his line could ever reign over Judah.  That would rule out Joseph, the step father of Jesus  and any blood son of Joseph.

 

Now turn in Luke 3 to the genealogy of Mary, the virgin mother who conceived and bore Jesus without the aid of a human father. Here again we see the line of David, the King of Judah, and we see that line traced down from Nathan, another son of David. The first name mentioned in Luke 3:23  is Joseph, who is referred to as the son of Heli.  Heli was actually the father of Mary, so Joseph was his son-in-law.  You will note in this line that there is no Coniah with his curse.  Therefore Jesus, the supernaturally conceived Son of the virgin Mary, who was also of the tribe of Judah, had a legal right to sit on the throne of David.

 

The Jews reject Jesus as their King

 

Though throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry the crowds would gladly have made Jesus their king because of His ability to perform miracles of healing and feed crowds with little or nothing; yet when whipped up into a frenzy by the religious leaders,  they turned on Him and shouted for His crucifixion.  The cried out, “We will not have this man reign over us!  His blood be upon us and on our children!  We have no king but Caesar!” 

 

This rejection of Jesus by the Jews had been prophesied in Psalm 22,  69,   and a number of other Psalms, as well as Isaiah 53.

 

God is not through with Israel.  He has glorious plans for them.

 

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 11 of the temporary rejection of  Christ by the nation, Israel and also of their glorious restoration.  The Old Testament refers several times to their future acceptance of Christ as their Messiah and King.  Most notably you can find these references in Ezekiel 36 through 39 and In Zechariah 12 through 14.  I encourage you to go systematically through my Prophecy series for more details on all of this.

 

When The Lamb is ultimately The King

 

If you’ve not yet read The Lamb in this Christmas series, I encourage you to do that now. It contains the most vital information one needs to be saved.  There is coming a day when Jesus, The Lamb of God, who was crucified and slaughtered for our sins; will be seen by all Christians as the glorious Lamb on His throne in Heaven.  We will never cease to praise Him for His blood shed for our sins.  That’s our only grounds for being in Heaven with Him. Read of that occasion in Revelation chapters 4 and 5.

 

How about You?

 

Do you continue to reject Him as your Saviour from sin,  or have you received by faith His shed blood as the atonement for your sins and have you bowed to Him as your Lord and King? Some day, Romans 14:10-12 tells us, every knee will bow and proclaim Him Lord. 

 

If you continue to reject Him as your Saviour now, one day you will have the horrifying experience described in Revelation 6:12-17 of crying for the rocks and mountains to fall on you and crush you in a vain attempt to avoid the wrath of the Lamb.  I beg you to cry out to Christ, the Lamb of God, and ask Him to save you and cleanse you from your sins and bow before Him now as your Saviour and King.  Then one day you will join the multitudes who stand before His throne in Heaven, described in Revelation 4 and 5 beholding your Lamb and King, the Lord Jesus Christ, and giving Him ceaseless praise.

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December 2, 2008 - Posted by | Christmas Series

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