|Americans rejected monarchy
in favor of a democratic government centuries ago. They were tired of being
taxed with no benefit to them. They were tired of favoritism in court decisions.
They wanted freedom to follow their consciences; freedom to work and improve
their economic status; freedom to speak their mind; and they wanted a say
in how they were governed. They wanted protection from abusive governmental
laws and officials. They wanted their government to acknowledge their right
to put obedience to God ahead of obedience to human authority. They wanted
their government officials to fear the judgment of God with the belief
that even if they were not held accountable in this life, God would hold
them accountable on Judgment Day.
To announce to a freedom loving people that the King is coming does not seem to be good news. Yet to Christians, the cry “The King is coming!” is Good News. They reply, “Even so, Come Lord Jesus.”
Christians love freedom, too. So, why do we want this king to rule over us?
Our King is humble. He is not too proud to labor along side of us. He does not ask anything from us that he is not willing to do himself. He walked among us and took our punishment for our wrong doing upon himself. (Matthew 12:28-30; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 53:5-6)
Our King is just. Those who refuse to turn away from a lawless way of life will face judgment. No crime will go unpunished. The punishment will fit the crime. Yet, those who wish to become law abiding can turn for mercy to the one who paid the penalty in their place. (Hebrews 10:26-31; Revelation 16:5-7; 20:11-15; Malachi 3:5-7)
Our King extends mercy to those who confess their wrongdoing and turn from it. He expects all in his kingdom to extend the same kind of mercy he does. (Matthew 5:7; Acts 2:38-41; I John 1:8-10; Matthew 18:21-35)
Our King is righteous. His laws are good for everybody. Only the outlaw need fear them. His laws and instructions teach us to treat one another with respect and generosity. He does not rule harshly or according to his own whim. His discipline is always for our benefit. (Psalm 119:137-138; Proverbs 1:7; Hebrews 12:5-11)
Our King is generous. He gives us gifts we haven't earned and he rewards our productive labor. He provides all of our genuine needs and longings. He owns everything and is not after any wealth we might add to his. (Romans 5:15-17; II Peter 1:3-11; Revelation 22:12)
Our King listens to us. He comes to us wanting to talk things over and hear our side of a matter. He is easy to be entreated and eager to please us. He's not interested in “political correctness” or flattery. He wants our real thoughts and emotions. (Matthew 6:5-15; Hebrews 4:14-16; Revelation 3:19-22; John 9:31)
Our King is immortal. He won't ever leave us. Even good human rulers die and the good they do stops with their deaths. But our Eternal King is establishing a kingdom that will never end. This kingdom will have none of the evils we face in this present world. (John 14:18; Hebrews 13:5-6; Revelation 21:1-5; Colossians 1:12-14)
Our King is God. God has all the best attributes in full with nothing lacking: love, wisdom, power, and all that is good. (I John 4:16; Colossians 1:15-20)
We can rejoice that our King Jesus is returning--this time as Lord of lords and King of kings. We say, “Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)
Lift up your heads, O you gates;
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty---