Christ came as the perfect King. He came with all authority in heaven and earth, but also in the humblest way imaginable—in a lowly manger, as a fragile baby. Yet He would command the demons and they would obey, He would speak to storms and they would still, He would touch the afflicted and they would be healed. Jesus’ life was an act of service, His death a display of humility, and His resurrection a demonstration of power unlike anything the world had ever seen.
As a parent, my biggest struggle is wanting to control my kids. At my best, I discipline them to reflect God’s loving discipline of us. At my worst, I pretend to be God and I attempt to make them into my own image. I want them to act and think the way I want them to. Sometimes I care less about their hearts than I do their behavior.
I try to be the king instead of pointing them to the perfect King. But the truth is, Christ alone came as the perfect King. He came with all authority in heaven and on earth, but also in the humblest way imaginable—in a lowly manger, as a fragile baby.
Though He became a man, He wasn’t just a man. He would command the demons and they would obey. He would speak to storms and they would become still. He would touch the afflicted and they would be healed. Jesus’ life was an act of service, His death a display of humility, and His resurrection a demonstration of power unlike anything the world had ever seen.
Jesus didn’t hide the fact that He was King. During Jesus’ trial, Pilate asked Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world” (John 18:37). He was no accidental king—He was the long-awaited, eternal King of Kings in the flesh (Psalm 103:15-22). Christ was born for this.
He came to be the perfect King that no other king had been—benevolent, kind, and loving. His purpose was undivided and His will was aimed at God’s glory. As Matthew 2:1-6 tells us, God sent His Son, the eternal King, to “shepherd My people Israel.” All the other kings pointed to this final King, the one who would save Israel and then save the world.
When Jesus left His disciples and ascended back to His heavenly throne, He told them to go make more disciples of every nation, in His authority and with Him by their side (Matthew 28:18-20). This King had a bigger agenda. He didn’t merely seek Israel’s salvation. Instead, He showed them who their true King was and told them to go tell others the good news: the King is here, and He has come to take back His kingdom from darkness.
Unlike you and me, our King doesn’t try to bend us toward His will because He’s an egomaniac or a control freak. He disciplines us in our sin and shows us His grace and mercy so that we’ll see how badly we need this perfect King. All other kings will fail us, but not Him.
Written By Brandon D. Smith