We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Travis Pate.
“And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.”
“… He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
The coming of Jesus as a king was big deal for Jews of the day. They had longed for a king and God had finally offered a new king. But God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts.
The prophecy we see here in Psalms reminds us that Jesus was to be the most exalted of the kings of the earth. The Jewish people were hopeful, because they knew that this king would provide a solution to all of the problems of the day. Even Herod took note of this king to be, and did his best to put an end to any possibility that he might lose his lofty position to this new king.
This Jesus, who is called the Christ, would rule over a new kingdom. His lineage would be from the kings of Israel through King David (Matthew 1) and he would reign forever. The Jews of the day did not understand. How could the child who was to be the savior of the Jewish people come to die a death on the cross? How could he reign forever when he dies? But God.
“He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Eph 1:20-23). Through birth, death, and resurrection Jesus became the King of Kings.
God, we thank you for the words that you gave the prophets years ago that point to the one who would be the Christ. We thank you for the testimony of those who were witnesses to Jesus and shared his story so that we might come to know you. Help us to have eyes to see and ears to hear what you have for us. Amen.
Spend time reflecting on today’s devotional. Journal the things that stood out to you and ask, “Does viewing Jesus as King this change my perspective on anything?”
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