Can’t you feel it in the wind? After 400 years of no prophetic word from the Lord, did the Jews wonder if the promises of Jehovah God were true? Did they wonder when their Messiah, their King would come and free them finally from Gentile rule? Where was the King of the Jews, the one Jeremiah and so many others spoke of coming?
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD,
that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch,
and a King shall reign and prosper,
and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”
Some waited expectantly. They heard it in the whisper of the Holy Ghost. They could feel it in the air and they rejoiced. Simeon was on of those.
“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon…waiting for the consolation of Israel…
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost,
that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple:
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus…
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word:
for mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of thy people Israel.”
The Gospel of Matthew introduces Israel’s King but He is not what most expected. He wasn’t born of a royal family. Yet, He was of the royal line of David, the son of Abraham.
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham…
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary,
of whom was born Jesus,
who is called Christ.”
Luke’s gospel presents Mary’s lineage from David. Her son, the Son of God was born with the birthright to the throne.
The wise men searched for Him and worshipped Him.
“there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying,
Where is he that is born King of the Jews?
For we have seen his star in the east,
and are come to worship him.”
Herod the king and all Jerusalem found Him troubling, so troubling Herod destroyed all the baby boys under 2 years of age. He saw the young King as a threat to his throne.
“When Herod the king had heard these things,
he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him…
when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men,
was exceeding wroth, and sent forth,
and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem,
and in all the coast thereof, from two years old and under…”
After 3 years of Jesus showing Himself to be the Christ through the authority and power of His words and works, Jerusalem praised the King Zechariah spoke of. Matthew quotes the prophet in chapter 21:5 and the people rejoice in verse 9.
“TELL YE THE DAUGHTER OF SION, BEHOLD, THY KING COMETH UNTO THEE, MEEK, AND SITTING UPON AN ASS…
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID: BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.”
They did not understand their King’s kingdom was not of this world. Rome would continue its rule but the sin and death that bound their souls would be loosed.
After being arrested, the multitude accused Jesus of treason against Caesar through his own testimony, “saying he himself is Christ a King.”
When Pilate presented Jesus to the chief priests and multitude, they rejected their King.
“and he saith unto the Jews,
Behold your King!
But they cried out,
Away with him, away with him,
Pilate saith unto them,
Shall I crucify your King?
The chief priests answered,
We have no king but Caesar.”
The heavenly Father God vindicated His King in the final chapters, His final work being His greatest work. An angel was sent to reveal an empty tomb.
“And the angel answered and said unto the women,
Fear not ye:
for I know that ye seek Jesus,
which was crucified.
He is not here:
for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
Matthew 28: 5,6.
The resurrected King declares His authority.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
Some received their King with joy and proclaimed His truth. Others worshipped Him. Herod sought to destroy Him at birth. The multitude praised Him one minute and rejected Him the next. The religious leaders chose another to be their king and asked for the rightful King’s death. Pilate proclaimed Him King but would not stand by Him. The heavenly Father vindicated His King and gave Him all power.
Jesus sits on the right hand of the throne of God until the time comes for Him to reign on earth then throughout eternity. He is not only King of the Jews but He is King of all. Soon He will return. Can you feel the whisper of the Spirit in the wind?
How will you respond to the King of kings and the Lord of lords?