God, first and last

“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen…” (Luke 19:37).

The events preceding the birth of Jesus had an aura of royalty.

The heavens were filled with great excitement. “It is time! The Son is ready to go!” Gabriel (the angel) was sent “down” to Mary with the news.

He wasn’t announcing only a Saviour, but One who was given the “throne of his father David” and that “…he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:33).

What about the guiding star…beaming throughout the heavens (and the earth) the royal announcement. That is what the stars and all the heavenly bodies do, you know… (Psalms 91:1ff).

The wise men read it correctly and set off on the long journey to ask the question, “…Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).

But, the only royal event in Jesus’ life was his triumphant entry in Jerusalem. He entered Jerusalem as a king: victorious. He was victorious not over an earthly foe. He entered Jerusalem victorious over sin and death.

He said it Himself, “…suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? (Luke 14:31). He considered it…and went to battle (to win).

He “left” Jerusalem later in the week, beaten, bruised and hanging on the cross…he fought and won.

He fought for a kingdom “not of this world” (John 18:36)…not defined by boundaries and geographical locations…an eternal kingdom.

Is Jesus your king?


Let him rule over your life. He came to reign forever!