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Who is the King?

A couple of years ago, a man from Colorado published a large ad in the Times of London, claiming to be the rightful King of England. He boldly stated that after the death of Queen Elizabeth he would take the throne and the royal historic estate! There are many people throughout history who have claimed to have rights to many thrones yet were lying or mistaken. This makes me think of the universe that we live in. There is a crisis today: Who is the King of the Universe? Today there is someone claiming to be king. Man claims to be the king. Man claims the freedom to do whatever pleases him without rules or regulations other than his own. He claims to have the ability to succeed at whatever he puts his mind to.

However, man saying that he is King of the universe is as preposterous as the man from Colorado claiming to be the King of England! There is only one being who is fit to be the King, and that is God. Only God possesses the authority and ability to be King. God alone has absolute authority. Jer. 27:5 says, “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.” He can do what he wills with creation because he is the Creator. Psalm 148:8 says, “fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word”. Everything in the natural world bows in obedience to his command. God also is the only one with the ability to be King. He alone is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. No other King can stand before his power or eclipse his wisdom. Specifically, it is the God-man, Jesus Christ, who has been exalted to the right hand of the Father and made King over all existence.

What a comfort this is to the Christian! The Lord Jesus holds the reins of the universe in nail scarred hands, directing all things out of love to us. What a terror this is to the unsaved! Disobedience to God and rejection of his grace in Christ is open defiance against the King of glory who is coming one day to Judge the earth.

– Peter Banfe

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